Monday, December 13, 2010

Thankful Monday

I've noticed a few of my friends doing some "Thankful" posts lately and tonight I just felt like I have a lot to be thankful for!  It's kind of weird too because I  haven't had the best day.  I was mostly sick this weekend and I even have a headache tonight, but here's a few things I am feeling thankful for right now:
1. Not having a drug/alcohol addiction or an eating disorder like people on "Intervention"

2. Being a "handy woman" who has in the last two months fixed these things in my house: clogged toilets, garage door, garage pin pad, garage light, garage door opener, clogged drains,  caught a mouse, and replaced nearly every light bulb, battery and filter in the place!

3. My OCD cleanliness tendencies.  Ok, this might seem a weird thing to be thankful for, but I really am!  I love that I like to be clean, that I know how to clean, and that I will take the time and effort to clean something that no one wants to or thinks of.  I love being able to serve other people by cleaning something for them and even though they think I'm crazy, it brings me so much joy to do it. 

3. My job, even though it's stressful and my boss, who I really cared about and loved working with, recently left.  Nu Skin has been so good to me over the years, and I so appreciate the great Christmas bonus they've given us each year!  And I really like the people I still work with.  I know what it's like to not like what you're doing and to work with those who are difficult or unkind, so it's just refreshing to feel like you can really count on your team.

4. My health, even after being sick fairly regularly, and dealing with the fact that I have permanent hearing damage, I feel so lucky that I am as healthy as I am.  I know it could be much worse and I pray everyday for those who have health problems that are debilitating or severely limit their lifestyle or abilities.  I can walk, run, jump, bike, hike, row, pump iron, and do nearly everything else I want to do and for that I'm grateful.

5. My family and friends.  I'm so glad I have such a great family, some close by, some far away that I love to visit as often as I can.  I was watching Oprah the other day, about female US Veterans who are now homeless.  It made me so sad and affected me so much.  It just got me thinking that no matter what happened to me, I know I have so many people who love me that I doubt I'd ever have to be homeless.  And I hope I've been able to provide them as much love and support as they've needed from me over the years.

6. The Christmas season.  I hope that I try to remember Christ throughout the entire year, and make Him a part of my life daily.  But I just love that Christmas seems to allow for everyone to just try to be better people, to serve others, to love others, and to try to make the world a better place.

So there you have it!  I don't know why I chose 6 things, but that's where I felt it ended today.  I hope you're all enjoying the Season and bringing joy to those around you!

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