Trying to Rise Above: A Gratitude List

Right now, at this very moment, it’s 7:18am. I normally wouldn’t wake up for another 20 minutes or so, but my husband is away at the moment, and it’s garbage day. We’re not allowed to put our trash out the night before, due to bears, so I had to get up and haul it out to the curb this morning. As I was walking back towards the house, it occurred to me that for the second day in a row I had forgotten to get a post written and scheduled in advance for this blog.

Some days are like this. For me, days when my husband is out of town are pretty much always some days. I am a solo-parenting lightweight.

Still, it doesn’t do to spend too much time dwelling on first-world problems. The little annoyances of life will always be with us. I believe it’s better to focus on the things that are going well, the things that we feel grateful for, the things that bring us comfort. This doesn’t mean that I’m good at rising above and keeping my eyes on the big picture. It just means that I believe it would be better if I were. So, in the spirit of self-improvement, here are 10 things I’m grateful for right now:

cup of tea 10 things I'm grateful for

1. My kids are still asleep, so I can sit and write in peace.
2. I have curbside garbage, recycling and compost collection, and it wasn’t raining when I took out the trash this morning.
3. I still really like my new computer chair, and sitting in it makes me smile.
4. My husband will be home tomorrow.
5. Both of my kids enjoyed their new swimming lessons yesterday.
6. I have leftover pancakes for breakfast.
7. My house is warm and dry.
8. Both of the kids are going to school today, so I can get caught up on my workload.
9. No one in my family currently has the nasty cold that’s going around.
10. I have a cupboard full of tea to keep me going.

What are you grateful for today?

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  1. Long time ago, before “foamy latte” was a meme, I read a simple story about somebody receiving latte that was too foamy, considered to complain, then concluded: “If my biggest problem today is foamy latte, then I have nothing to complain about, my life is good.” For me, it brought home the feeling of gratitude that we are so sorely missing in busy world.
    Grateful for:
    1) box of “jaw breaker” bubble gums on my desk
    2) the fact that I have the job that I love (and allows for occasional blog comments)
    3) It had not snowed today, and rain stopped beating up leftover snow
    4) car is working fine, and yes it takes a while to warm up, being a “weak” city-type car
    5) being able to afford oversees trip for my kids to spend summer with their grandparents
    6) store close by that sells matcha tea at reasonable price
    7) my older kid still having a fighting chance in school, even with his problems
    8) my younger one writing valentines all-over-the-place
    9) my husband making best cappuccino. Or coffee. Or tea. Heck, I would take glass of water from him and still be happy.

  2. mmm… foamy lattee! Always helps to out things in perpective dosen’t it? ;-O
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  3. I have been working on this lately. If I feel crummy because I don’t want to load the dishwasher, I remember that I have dishes, food to make them dirty, kids to dirty them, and a healthy body to work. This approach has helped me since I started doing it. Thanks for the reminder!

  4. I really miss the compost collection!! We don’t have that. I am holding out hope. I am grateful my daughter is playing so nicely with her dominos at my feet right now. Have a lovely day!
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  5. Spring is coming!
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  6. Here’s what I wrote in my blog on 12/2012:

    Wise friends, kinds words, sunshine, tight hugs from small children, savory goodies, the marvel that occurs when strangers find common ground, problems solved, problems averted, a spirit of cooperation, the beauty all around, public transportation, Trader Joe’s Cornbread Mix (thanks Julie!), gifted songwriters and poets, bodies that heal, big ideas, small ideas, health and strength, good coffee, quiet, the love of family, and all the ways I’ve seen and felt God move.
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