Giving thanks

Violin lessons
Written by contributor Rachel Wolf of Lusa Organics skin care and Clean

Like you, sometimes I have it all dialed in.

Days when I’m a superstar from dawn until dusk.

From homeschooling to housework, to nurturing my marriage and myself – it’s all happening.

I’m unstoppable!


And then the next day… I’m not.

On these days I’m desperate for things to fall into place, but instead they all seem to fall apart.

Last week I had a day like that.

Okay, several.

first snow

Sure, it’s been a rough spell over here.

But the truth is, it isn’t beating me.

Because when life goes haywire, we all stand at a crossroads.

And we’re in charge of choosing the path we take next.


We can suffer through and see only the shadows, or we can choose a new focus.

And notice all that is going right.

By simply giving thanks.

Because so often, it isn’t as bad as it seems.

And almost always it could have been a whole lot worse.

gratitude leaves

Thanksgiving has long been a favorite celebration for me.

Because it’s a day to gather with family or friends and focus on all that is good.

We count our blessings.

We give thanks.

And gratitude is one of the most powerful tools we hold.


After a hard day, I let go as best I can.

And then I count my blessings.

And I give thanks for the view from my kitchen and the tea in my cup.

For family, friends, and helpful strangers.

For running water, a hot shower, and wool slippers.


For the freedom to homeschool and these two amazing children to share the journey with.

For this life, with all of its messes.

And for a fresh start tomorrow.

I give thanks.

“A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues.”
~ Cicero

What blessings are you holding close this season?

About Rachel Wolf

Rachel Wolf woke up recently and realized that she's living the life she has always wanted. Her days are spent with and two spunky unschoolers, running LuSa Organics (her small business), and hanging the laundry out on the line. Rachel writes about her homeschooling, homemaking, and non-violent parenting path on her blog Clean.


  1. maddalena70 says:

    Rachel, you are so right.
    In this season of my life so difficult in some areas I am so thankful to have a work, a house and my great family…. I am so thankful to have a nice husband and two little girls full of life (sometimes too much

  2. No matter how many times I hear this concept of looking at the positive when there is negative in our lives, It still hits me as a “Hey I really need to do that more” .

  3. So very true. Beautiful words.. Thank you.
    Sharon’s latest post: “Montessori is an education for independence not just for school, but for life.” Maria Montessori

  4. This!! ‘We can suffer through and see only shadows, or we can see a new focus.’ Thank you for that! Seeing shadows is a rut I can easily fall into. Right now, in my life, I’m loving that my kids are older and can be helpful during this fun, busy season. I’m thankful for friendships and new community – Thanks for sharing authentically here! It’s so nice to know that I’m not alone in my good days and bad days.
    Kara’s latest post: The Gratitude Project: Week 4

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