Today I’m grateful for my dog, even when he poops on the floor in the middle of the night and I have to clean it up first thing in the morning.
I’m even more grateful when he poops and I see it before stepping in it. That’s always quite the way to start the day!
Today I’m thankful that the turn signal went out on our car.
When it happened, I didn’t have the most grateful reaction. I was driving home from work, flipped on the signal, heard the fast clicking, saw the fast flashing, and exploded into “Fucking great! That’s all I need!”
What can I be grateful for in this situation?
How about the fact that this is for a second car. Just the fact that we have it is an embarrassment of riches. I know, two (or three, or more) cars in an American household isn’t uncommon, but really think about that. I have personal access to fairly cheap transportation that can take me pretty much anywhere I want to go on a regular basis. I’ve already driven it more miles to work than, just a hundred years ago, most people would travel their entire lives. And this is in a backup vehicle.
It’s just a turn signal – a few bucks and a little bit of work to get it fixed. Maybe it is all that I needed right now, to get some perspective on the “problems” in my life.
This morning I’m grateful that, 18 days in, the address I created for this blog contains “ayearofthankgiving” instead of “ayearofthanksgiving.”
Doh! Holy Lord Jesus, Vishnu, and Gautama Buddha! How the heck did that happen?
Even bigger question, how the heck did I go 18 days without seeing it!
Shows the danger of copy and paste, and clicking on links without really reading them well.
But… I’m thankful that I caught it. And I’m thankful that it’s only 18 days in. And I’m thankful that I realize that it really isn’t that big of a deal.
I’m grateful that I did register “ayearofthanksgiving.com” correctly, and eventually I’ll move the site over to that. For now, it just is what it is, since the effort to move everything I’ve done twice is just not worth it. I think my three regular readers will understand! 🙂
Today I’m thankful for all of the little annoyances that occur during my life.
I was racking my brain this morning, trying to think of something major that I should write about – some big thing where I was having a hard time seeing the “why” in “why I’m thankful for…”
There really isn’t anything that I haven’t already written about. But there are a lot of little things that annoy me on a regular basis that I could look at and embrace – traffic, running late, minor aches and pains, other people’s stuff that I let get to me… these are the kind of things that, in the moment that they are being experienced, can catch one off guard. It’s easy to lose your gratitude when you are running late to work and five minutes into your drive you realize you forgot your access badge.
I’m thankful that I’m seeing this now. Maybe I can start catching myself in those little moments, since it’s those little moments, stacked on top of each other, that make up our days. And it’s our days, stacked up on top of each other, that make up our lives.