Tuesday, November 23, 2010

An Attitude of Gratitude

Seems an approprite time of year to have a Thankful Talk Talk Tuesday, doesn't it?  If you and I were going to sit down to a meal together on Thursday, we might have a chance to mention the things we're feeling thankful for this year.  Since our time is in the here and now...well, why not mention those things in the here and now? 

We can always find something to be thankful for, and there may be reasons why we ought to be thankful for even those dispensations which appear dark and frowning. ~Albert Barnes

I am willing to start the Talk Talk.   I am above all, thankful for the health and strength of my family...my children, my mom, my sister and nephew, my dad.   You all know I can be a moody SOB, but thinking with gratitude on what I have always helps me, and my family is always what comes to mind first.  When I look at that quote I feel lucky that nothing so terrible has happened to me yet in life.  My troubles have been ordinary and unremarkable and I am thankful.  Stepping outside of the family realm, which I think we are all lucky enough here to be thankful for, I am also thankful for lessons I've learned in the past couple of years about myself.  Even though, more and more, I think it isn't going to work out, I did experience real love for DR.  I think it is true, also, that it isn't who loves you, but who you love.  Being able to love is a great gift.  It quite literally made me feel like a different person.  I am thankful to have felt that and hopeful that I will feel it again one day. 

So, I've done all this blabbing.  Will you Talk Talk too?  What makes you feel thankful? 


Churlita said...

I'm thankful for everything - my family, our health, our sanity'ish, the guy, the kitten, the house...It just goes on and on.

laura b. said...

Churlita: It is wonderful when the thankful stuff feels unending! Have a great Thanksgiving.

Tara said...

I'm thankful that my mom could join us this year for Thanksgiving rather than having her meal at the hospital when she had her pneumonia. I'm also thankful that I still have a job. Not one that pays as much as I was used to, but still a job and one with less stress and more fun and laughter!

secret agent woman said...

I recently did a post on a list of things I am currently thankful for, and of course my kids are always at the top of the list.

laura b. said...

Tara: I'm so glad that your mom is healthy this year. Last year you guys made the best of it and this year you can really celebrate!
From what I can tell, your new job, in spite of less money, is one of the best things that ever happened to you. You really seem to enjoy it and there is a LOT to be said for that.

Secret: Yes, great post! Kids make it so easy to be thankful.