The temptation to vent the horrendousness of the past 5 straight hours here is overwhelming right now. However, I have decided to forgo the emotional dump in favor of turning the hell into something positive. Lemons into lemonade, if you will – and I know you will. Humor me here, I think it’ll help:
– I am grateful to have two healthy children.
– I am grateful that when one of my sons needs extra help, I have access to one of the best OTs you’ll ever find, and although she is expensive I get a bit of a discount at her practice thanks to our professional connection. It doesn’t matter what time of day the appointment is, we’re just lucky to have it and to see the improvements.
– I am grateful to have a warm house to come home to when it is very, very cold outside, and cozy blankets to wrap my sleepy kids in while I make dinner.
– I am grateful to have a refrigerator full of fresh food at my disposal when I return home, and enough knowledge to throw together something healthy for myself at 9pm rather than junk food.
– I am grateful that an ounce or two of wine is yummy enough to give me a sense of relaxation without desiring a whole glass.
– I am grateful that I can get through a stressful afternoon and evening without even thinking about chocolate, or anything sweet, for that matter.
– I am grateful for Pandora.com, which – when on the “Jordan” station – manages to consistently play my favorite songs of all time interspersed with songs I’ve never heard but love immediately. This always improves my mood. Pandora is truly impressive.
– I am grateful that I have a job in these times that keeps me very busy; it doesn’t matter what time of day I have to get that work done.
– I am grateful that Matt has a job; it doesn’t matter if his meetings are here or in another state.
– I am grateful that I have a fun and successful way to work out in my own home when the weather is bad or Matt is out of town, as a replacement for an early morning trip to the gym.
– I’m lucky to have a roof over my head, a bed to sleep in, clothes for my family, and a car that is (somehow, and only by the grace of God) still running. I can buy food and put gas in my car without worrying about money.
In light of the above, a little hissy fit about a small series of inconveniences is beyond ludicrous.
What are you grateful for tonight?