It’s Thankful Thursday across the internet.
Gratitude seems to be a buzz word these days. People blog about it, tweet about it, mention it on Facebook, they may even take pictures of it for Instagram. The word and idea is everywhere.
Traditional ways to acknowledge blessings:
· Write them down, in a journal or list
· Share them online, on Facebook, Twitter, other social media
· Pray them
What if you just don’t feel thankful? What if you’re dealing with the illness or death of a loved one? What if you just lost your job? What if the pressures of life are pressing against you from every direction? What if you just don’t feel blessed.
How can you have a grateful heart when your world is falling apart? Get creative with your thankfulness. Find one gratitude, just one. There’s no pressure in finding one thing you’re grateful for in the midst of chaos.
Cling to that one thing.
Then, do like I did, and borrow and idea from Dr. Amrita. On her blog HealthWealth, she posted about reasons she is grateful.
Try listing 3-10, or any number you like, reasons you’re grateful for a particular blessing.
Sure, you’re thankful you have a roof over your head. But what is it about your particular roof that makes it so great?
I’ll start: Why I’m Grateful for my house.
1. It is our dream place. When I’m outside I can picture my husband in the garden area, or working on the pens in the pasture. It makes me smile to know he loved this place.
2. It is ours. It is our first home we owned. We rented for most of our lives for several reasons, but mostly because he was a teacher and we didn’t want to have to sell if he changed schools. Of course, it helped that the house we rented was super affordable and allowed us to raise our kids and pigs.
3. It is not in town, or a subdivision, or close to others. Eventually, I will have to move either to town, or closer for everyone else’s peace of mind. But for now, I’m here in a rural area that I love.
4. There are people close enough to help me if needed. Like when my friend Kathy took me to the hospital because I couldn’t breathe. (Did ya’ll know that breathing is very important to feeling well? Who knew? J)
5. There is not one, but two ponds on this place. I love water.
6. There is internet available at this house. I know it sounds strange, but out here in the boondocks sometimes internet connections either are non-existent, are dial-up (yes, dial-up still exists), or are spotty at best. I have decent internet most days.
7. I can have livestock if I want. I have had chickens, cattle and pigs. Currently just wildlife enjoys my pasture.
8. There are deer here. Sometimes they come in my yard.
9. There are trees that add shade and beauty. They add enough shade around the house that I can delay turning on the air-conditioner.
10. Birds are in abundance here. They live, or visit the trees. In the Spring and Summer their chirping and singing brightens my day. The hummingbirds delight me with their zipping and zapping in for feed and out again.
There you have it, 10 reasons I’m thankful for my house.
What one thing are you thankful for?
What is one reason you’re grateful for it?
Do you make a list of your gratitude’s and share it?