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10 simple things I’m grateful for

“Sometimes the little things in life mean the most.”― Ellen Hopkins

One day last week I came home from work, I had picked the girls up from their after school program, and I was doing my usual evening balancing act. I was helping with homework, cooking dinner, and trying to pick up a few things around the house from our usual morning tsunami. I had run up and down the stairs a few times, the girls were crying about homework, and it seems as soon as I would get back downstairs I would have something I needed to run upstair for and vice versa. I was quite at my wits end. I sat down for a second to complain and feel sorry for myself. At that moment, I began to think about how blessed I was and how I remember when we had no stairs to run up and down when we first got married and lived in a small one-bedroom apartment and shared a room with our daughter. I remembered the time I was unemployed and wished I had a job to come home tired from. I remembered the mothers who had lost children and yearned to hear them cry and complain again. I remembered all of those things and my attitude changed.

I began to think about the many times we take the simple things for granted. We become comfortable in our daily operations and take many blessings for granted that may seem simple but are huge if we were forced to live without them. Some small simple things seem small to us, but in reality they are big things for other people and for those things I am extremely grateful.

Here are 10 simple things I’m grateful for:

1. Being Tired.

I’m grateful for being tired some mornings because this means I stayed up late spending time with my husband or working on something I love.

2.Stretch Marks.

I’m grateful for my stretch marks because these are my scars of being a mother while some women can’t bear children.

3. Getting Fired.

I’m grateful I was fired that one time, if not I would have never found my purpose.

4. Overspending.

I’m grateful I spent too much at the grocery store. This means I had a little extra to spend feeding our family, and we bought things we would enjoy.

5. Student Loans.

I’m grateful for my mounds of student loans; it means I was blessed enough to have access to a good education.

6. Loud bangs and booms over my head.

I’m grateful for the loud laughter and the little feet that run above my head. It means my children are happy and healthy.

7. Mounds of Laundry.

I’m grateful for the pile and piles of laundry for it means we are blessed with plenty of clothes to wear.

8. Disagreements.

I’m grateful for disagreements for they made me stronger and helped me to love harder.

9. A full hard drive & low iPhone storage.

My storage is always low! I’m grateful for it means my phone and computer are filled with memories of the ones I love.

10. Not enough seats at our table this Thanksgiving.

I’m grateful our love ones will surround us.

11. Bonus (This space is for you…yes YOU) Leave a comment below and let me know what you’re grateful for.

“Gratitude means to recognize the good in your life, be thankful for whatever you have, some people may not even have one of those things you consider precious to you (love, family, friends, etc.). Each day give thanks for the gift of life.You are blessed.”― Pablo

One comment

  1. So much to be grateful for. When I lose site of it all I start with the small things that are really huge. I start with presence of mind, an able body, the air I’m breathing. There is so much to be thankful for and it’s easy to take it all for granted. I’ve started doing a practice at the dinner table with the kids where they have to tell me 2 things they are grateful for. It’s always interesting to hear what they come up with. 🙂

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