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Looking back over my last few posts, I guess I've been doing a lot of ranting about this or that belief or behavior. So it's high time I started practicing some gratitude. Ever notice that someone - EVERYONE - looks better when he or she is smiling? Even if their teeth are yellowed or missing entirely, a smile that is genuine will usually generate a smile from someone else.
So here are a few things I have noticed, nice things that have happened, or just things for which I am grateful this week:
- We actually DID see some sunshine this week! The winter coats are put away and the big yellow thing did show itself in the sky!
- I caught a nap for the first time in a long time this afternoon. It felt good.
- I had a chance to talk with my brother yesterday without my mother present - he felt safe in talking to me about what HE wanted without feeling guilty, and we even had a few laughs.
- I am continually grateful for the restoration of relationships with my husband and kids. This brings me so much happiness. At one point I had nobody who loved me except my husband and kids, and (at that time) I felt that they only tolerated me because I cooked the meals and paid a few bills. Now I know they truly do love me and that they enjoy my company... and I enjoy theirs.
- I have more friends than I ever thought possible. I have friendships with people who consider me an equal and whom I consider equals. This is huge for me because if I had friends at all before, they were people who looked down on me or who looked up to me. What a wonderful feeling to be on level ground!
- My job brings me a lot of satisfaction. I have opportunities to help people and to expand my boundaries in that arena.
- And, more and more frequently, I get to go to gatherings where I know I am loved and where I feel safe. At such places I know I don't have to say or do anything to be accepted and valued. I just need to be there and listen. If I want to share my own experience, my sharing is respected and I know there will be no gossip or judgment.
Funny how my tendency is to major on the minor things and forget the important things. Every so often I need to be reminded to focus on what is uplifting, what is true, what will build up and encourage.
Like saying something nice. Thank you, my friend.