Choosing Gratitude

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March 29, 2013 · 12 comments

in A Life of Gratitude,An Inspirational Life

Okay, this is going to be a controversial post so if you’re at all afraid of controversy just close your browser and walk away.

That was the first sentence of the post I had prepared for today. I heard something on the radio this morning that annoyed me so much that I drafted a five hundred word blog post about it and titled it “Stupid Is As Stupid Does”.

I had some things to do first thing this morning so I left the house early, the blog post drafted and ready to be polished and posted.

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I went to the dentist for a routine cleaning and heard stories about new babies, families, grandparents, and Easter plans. I felt sad that I won’t be seeing the grands this weekend but I’m happy knowing that soon we’ll live closer and will be able to see them often.

Then, I saw my doctor. I’ve been dealing with back pain–not unexpected for someone with scoliosis who’s had a rod in her back for the past thirty-eight years. It’s improved over the past two weeks but I’m told I can expect to deal with these flare-ups for the rest of my life. Not the best news, but I’m still thankful for having had thirty-eight pain-free years.

I headed for my favorite Starbucks to grab a soy latte next. There’s just something about the ambiance at Starbucks that makes me happy, not to mention that first delicious sip of coffee, that puts me in a good mood.

Grocery shopping was next on my list and I made a spur of the moment decision to cook a turkey this weekend. I walked past baskets of fragrant Easter lilies, colorful tulips, and bright daffodils and by the time I came out of the store the sun was shining.

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The forecast is for warm sunny days from now through the weekend. Yesterday after work, Gerry and I sat on the patio for the first time this year. This weekend we plan to put out the rest of the patio furniture.

Now, as I sit at my desk, there’s barely a cloud in the sky and I’m getting ready to head out to the garden where my peas are already up. Life is good; I am blessed.

That thing I heard on the radio this morning? Yes, it still irritates me, as does most of what I hear on the news these days, but I’m choosing not to give voice to the issue.

I’m heading outside into nature where rebirth is evidenced everywhere, I’m going to celebrate Easter, and I’m going to choose to be thankful.

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