This morning I got up and walked to my son’s room and stood in the doorway. He came home from college last night after being away for three months. His suitcase sat in the middle of the floor with clothes strewn about. There were pillows on the floor and the bed was unmade. There was a half drank water bottle on the end table. And in his bathroom his travel case laid open, his tooth brush on the counter, and a pair of shorts left on the floor. I laughed out loud! A joyous loud bursting laugh! And then I thanked God for bringing my son home to me! How funny that a mess would bring me such joy and gratitude, which only a year and half ago annoyed me! I guess this is where the saying comes in handy, “Don’t sweat the small stuff!”
My guys bring me so much joy and happiness! I am grateful for them this year and always. I love them more that I can even express. To have someone in your life that greatly loves you and you greatly love them in return – now that is what God intended!
When my son was really little I started a gratitude journal. Many of the things I listed in my journal had to do with what we shared together – going to the park, playing hockey in the backyard with the dog, watching squirrels chase each other in the oak tree, planting flowers, reading books to my son as he sat in my lap, going out to lunch and getting pizza, making biscuits with him. The simple pleasures. Yes, it was all about him. He and my husband are the greatest gifts in my life.
Unfortunately, I didn’t keep up with writing in my journal on a daily basis all these years. I guess life got real busy. But the daily act of taking a moment and listing in my head and heart all the incredible blessings in my life has stayed with me. A daily moment that has become sacred and leaves me in awe. How incredibly blessed I am.
I leave you with this my friend…
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. (written by Melody Beattie)
God bless you and your family this Thanksgiving! May you be filled with the joy of gratitude and know that you are loved.