Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Thankful for Thankfulness

It's been longer than expected since I last posted. Late January always puts me in a funk. Winter seems to be dragging on with no end in sight. Sunshine is hard to come by. I am sick of my winter clothes. My skin and hair are dry and brittle. The kids NEED to get outside. Add to that the fact that, even though it is my decision not to go to Disney any more, I feel like I am missing out on the fun there. The good news is that when February comes I start to feel better. I feel like there are only 28 short days until the beginning of spring. So one of the things I am thankful for is that February is here.

It doesn't feel right to be thankful that time is moving so fast. I have had that problem my whole life. I remember not being able to wait for the next thing to happen even when something great was happening. Maybe all kids feel that way. I see Curly Q doing the same thing. Even when we are in the middle of a party I will hear her say, "I can't wait for tomorrow!". It worries me to see her wish away time as it worried my mother to see me do it. Unlike my mother, however, I understand where she is coming from. I also believe that she can look forward to tomorrow and enjoy today at the same time.

So I guess this thankful month has come full circle. The thing I am most thankful for is the wisdom to realize that I need to be thankful for everything. This month has been full of ups and downs. In some ways it was one of the most challenging months of my life emotionally. I feel good that I made it through fairly unscathed. As I continue on this year's journey I will continue to recognize the little things I should be thankful for. I won't be posting about them every day, but I think I have made being thankful a part of my daily life, and so I feel that I have succeeded in my first resolution. I will start another post with my resolution for February.

I'll end with a few great quotes about thankfulness...

I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose. Woody Allen

Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough. Oprah Winfrey

I'm thankful for every moment. Al Green

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