Counting My Blessings

Coachella_panoToday I feel like it’s important to take a moment away from the hustle bustle of my brain and simply be grateful.

-I am grateful for a wonderful summer of closeness with my mom. We’ve had a lot of silly times, serious times, and all around happy times. I’m so grateful to be her daughter.

-I’m grateful for my whole family. I’ve spent a lot of time with them this summer, and in moments of play and work, I feel like we’ve grown in a closer appreciation of one another.

-I’m grateful for my in-laws. They are my East Coast family! Whether it’s an in-person visit or a chat on the phone, I never stop feeling their love.

-I’m grateful for our garden and for the farmers we have built relationships with at the farmer’s markets. They have provided us with fresh, ethically produced/harvested food, and it has nourished our bodies.

-I’m grateful to have discovered the pleasures of our local library as well as the resources at Fuller with a passion. It seems like I always have between 20-30 books checked out at any given time, and am thumbing through them all.

-I’m grateful for this apartment that we have made into a home. I don’t know how much longer we will be here, but I cherish every moment because it was my husband’s and my first home together.

-I’m grateful for our jobs. My husband has a secure job that provides well for us, and I am able to supplement that through song every Saturday and Sunday. I know that many people are struggling with lack of work right now, and I don’t take our paychecks for granted.

-I’m grateful for hopes and dreams for the future. They give us hope, make us nervous, make us excited. They continually call us to try what we may have thought was an impossible task.

-I’m grateful for my faith community. Whether at our local parishes (we sing at several) or at Fuller, I have learned a lot from both the Catholic and the Protestant communities of which I am a part.

-I’m grateful for our animals. For now, our only animals are two cats, but these beautiful creatures continually remind us that we humans are not the only beings on earth that have the capacity to love.

-Lastly, I’m grateful for my husband. No matter what happens, he’s continually been my rock, my biggest supporter and source of encouragement. I thank God every day for the gift of my husband in my life. Whatever the future holds, we’re in it together.

Often, it seems, prayer is directed at asking God for something. But I think it is equally important to continually remind ourselves of the blessings we have in our lives, big and small. This includes the meal that is nourishing your body as we speak, the water that you are able to drink without hard labor and risk of disease, and the safety and shelter of your home. This includes the ability to read these words. It includes everybody you love and who loves you back. Gratitude is one of the most fundamental aspects of a faithful, conscious existence…for without it, there is nowhere for compassion to set its roots. And compassion is what makes you extend your heart outward to your neighbor. It all starts with a “thank you.”

What are you grateful for today? Count your blessings….literally!


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by ProudHusband on August 21, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    I’m grateful for my wife, who continually reminds me of the joys present in everyday life.


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