When was the last time you stopped and thought about all the good stuff happening in your life?
Sometimes when our world is filled with chaos, we forget to stop and be thankful for the little things.
We moved into our new 1925 cape cod house on January 30th - it was the coldest day of the year at -55 degrees Fahrenheit. My husband was diagnosed with pneumonia 2 days later.
When the snow thawed and the rain came, we discovered the seller’s version of “mild seepage” was our definition of huge water puddles all over the basement floor!
We had a flat tire on the way to my business conference in Nashville, TN in February and when we got to the “kid-friendly” hotel, we realized it was not kid-friendly. No pool and it charged $15.00 for a small pack of crackers. We quickly informed the kids that the snack tray in our hotel room was a “no-touch” item!
My husband got the flu in March and then I got the flu
My husband’s job role changed and he was moved to third shift instead of first.
Then, his dad passed away.
At the same time, he suffered a paralyzed vocal cord.
When we came back from the funeral, I started getting insurance reimbursement deposits for $0.78. And, just recently, Medicare decided to reduce payments to physical therapists by 8% in 2020... Does anyone want their salary to drop by 8% next year?
I am not making any of this up. Life has thrown us several curve balls this year.
1. The 1925 cape cod house lowered our tax rate so our mortgage payment is significantly less each month
2. The 1925 cape cod house is on ⅓ acre so we have plenty of play space for our active daughters and their friends to create backyard memories
3. Although my husband still has a paralyzed vocal cord, not every wife can say they are married to Batman! (My husband sounds like Christian Bale from the Dark Knight)
4. Our family and friends have rallied around us with incredible encouragement
5. I restructured my business model so I could spend more time with my girls
6. My parents gifted us with a Six Flags pass so we spent A LOT of time at the water park this summer
7. My business now has an opportunity that I may not have previously considered or been in a position to accept - stay tuned, more information to come over the next few weeks!
There is a lot to worry about in the midst of life chaos; however, there is ALSO a lot to be thankful for.
In fact, I try to start my day thinking about 3 things I can be thankful for. Beginning my day with gratitude eases any feelings of anxiety and helps me keep perspective on the REALLY important things in my life: faith, family, serving people, and having fun!
A heart filled with gratitude tends to focus on the positive. People who focus on the positive tend to be happier, have less stress, and feel better overall.
If life seems to have stolen your joy and gratitude, then I encourage you to take a moment and reflect on the “good stuff.”
What one thing happened this year to make you smile? Who have you met this past year that you are thankful for? Who have you been a blessing to this year?
Enjoy your Thanksgiving this week
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