At the beginning of the month I was surfing on Pinterest and I saw a quote that literally stopped me in my tracks. It said,
"What if today you woke up with only the things that you thanked God for yesterday."
It was about 11:00pm and I sat for about five minutes just pondering that thought. I realized in that moment just how ungrateful I am to my Heavenly Father. I feel gratitude, but don't express it often enough. I have been richly blessed and I take it for granted. I am so grateful that someone posted a simple thought that I can honestly say has changed my life over the past three weeks. I know that it has made an impact on my family, too- mostly because I am hearing more gratitude reflected in their prayers.
The only thing that bothered me about the quote was that the chance for action was past. As I presented the quote to my family I changed it up a bit:
I printed this and put it in a frame in our mud room where we see it several times a day. (If you would like the printable version, please go to my creative blog.) It reminds me to be grateful in all my thoughts.
Here are my top five things that I am grateful for in 2011.
My family. I am married to a truly wonderful man who treats me like a queen. Ihave been blessed with three strong, smart sons who are kind and loving. They are good to me, too! I love that I never have to open a door for myself. I enjoy watching them grow and change.
My faith. I get tears in my eyes just thinking about the impact that the Gospel has on my life. I am not perfect- far from it. I know that Christ died that we might be saved and I know that families can be forever. This is the rock of my faith.
My parents, brothers and ancestors. I have been loved, taught, and protected by a wonderful family. I had traumatic events in my childhood that could have ruined me, but thanks to the people in my life, I grew up to be strong and confident. (Maybe too strong and confident. . . but that's a post for another day!) These people helped me turn stumbling blocks into stepping stones.
My education. My parents demanded good grades. They knew I was capable and pushed me. That is. . . until I learned to push myself. I still regret that one A- I got in my Masters Degree! What a blessing it is to have a good education. It has opened so many doors in my life and allowed me to be involved with such fulfilling activities.
My home. I love my home. It represents safety and security. It is a haven from the physical elements, but also from spiritual buffering. Although we are blessed to live in a very beautiful house, I know that I can be happy in much more humble circumstances. When we moved to Utah we moved from a large, beautiful home to a shabby 4-plex. Guess what? It was still home. I hope I don't have to do that again, but I know we would survive and thrive.
And you. . . thanks for reading this blog and supporting me.