Gratitude in Abundance
I am all about it, lately.
I was with my mother yesterday as she went to see her surgeon about her recurring leg pain. Despite the fact that she is physically healed from the horrific accident that almost ended her life, it is over two years later and she is in daily pain. Yet, for my mother, she rarely complains about it. It appears that removing the screws that are in her knee may just relieve some of the pain she’s experiencing, so as a family, we may be gearing up for another rally as Mom goes through her 4th surgery. Luckily, this one will be minor and outpatient compared to the others, but surgery is still surgery and no one knows surgery better than she. And I.
In two days it will be 4 months since my own surgery and I have dedicated myself to writing a gratitude list every night before bed. Some nights as I shift underneath my heating pad I don’t feel like being grateful – especially when ‘heating pad’ is one of the things I’m grateful for, but the more I write, the more grateful I become. It’s true. Habits form and it feels like the brain is slowly being rewired to see life differently.
So, in these days of heating pads and ibuprofen, I cannot tell you how lifted I felt as I read from Teresa’s post that I was on her gratitude list – me! (I know, right?) What a beautiful thing to know that you are a presence in someone’s life. She is certainly a presence in mine.
You must know this about yourself. There are people who look to you, believe in you, admire you, feel comforted by you and love you. Yes, life gets in the way and words go unsaid, but they come when you least expect it and when they do, let me just say, it feeds the soul.
Of course, to receive we must also give, so today I give my gratitude list to Teresa for her Monthly Gratitude Post instead of leaving it my personal journal:
1. I am grateful for the fact that I feel my body working hard to recover from my surgery, and to know that soon, I will be in a much better, stronger place than ever before.
2. I am particularly grateful to see nature in the form of compositions like this around my neighborhood:
3. I am grateful for this blog and for every single one of you who reads it. I realize that it has gone though a series of multiple personality changes over the past few months as I search for a new writing voice, but to those of you who’ve hung in for the long haul, I am beyond humbled.
4. I am grateful that my mother continues to provide the kind of example I want to live by. She carries on despite her pain, and tries to make the most of every single day.
5. I am particularly grateful for my husband, Craig. The unwavering support he’s given me as I attempt to start my own business and work from home has been amazing. His faith in me gives me faith in myself.
Speaking of gratefulness, I’m both grateful and excited for Laura at Laura Lives Life to have generously donated some of her blog space to host a giveaway with one of my art prints being the prize:
The giveaway is still going on by the way, and a winner will be announced on Friday, so head on over to Laura’s blog and if you like this particular print leave a comment so you can be in the running to win it!
What are you grateful for today?