Thursday, January 3, 2013

Friday's Special Moment of Gratitude

"Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement."  Helen Keller

It's hard to believe that the holidays are over.  They are always such a special time and for the first few days after they are over and the lights are down and the presents put away it seems very quiet in the house especially when it is rainy and cold outside.  As everyone seems to be writing on their blogs it is a time for reflection, for quiet, and for looking inward.

Since it is Friday it is also time for me to reflect on all that I have to be grateful for. As crazy as it sounds, this week I am very grateful that I started this gratitude practice.  Life is always full of ups and downs, good times and bad.  But what I am coming to realize more and more is that even in the challenging times, or maybe especially in the challenging times, it is very important to recognize those people, or moments, or things that bring a smile to our face and keep the spirit of hope in our heart.  As I have mentioned before my husband has a chronic lung disease. When it is hot and humid breathing is difficult but we are learning when it is cold and wet breathing can also be a challenge.  So this week has been hard.  But we have still been able to laugh with friends, share time with our son and grandsons on Facetime, and share our love of creating new things.  These are the things that I am grateful for this week.  These are the moments that have brought a smile to our face and for that I am most grateful.  What has brought a smile to your face this week?  I'd love to know.

Friday also means linking my post to both Paint Party Friday and Creative Every Day.  Please take a moment to visit the artists.  They are all wonderfully talented people!

PS   Happy New Year Everyone!  I hope that it will be a year filled with happiness and joy and that all of your dreams will come true!

1 comment:

  1. I've started my gratitude journal again for the New Year, and it really helps me to notice all the little things that make my life special--

    Happy Paint Party Friday!


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