The WordPress topic for the day is “What are you thankful for?” I’m glad that I am not posting this on Thanksgiving Day. I believe it’s important to be thankful for something everyday, not just on the day that is set aside for this.
Many people state they are thankful for family, friends, health, food on the table, a roof over their heads, a job. I am thankful for all these things but there is more that I wish to express.
It’s been a long year. My job has been very challenging and at times I was pushed to the point of overload. I am thankful that I persevered in the face of situations that challenged me intellectually and physically. I learned once again that I can be very resourceful. I am thankful for my team mates in a brand new department. Together we tackled some far-reaching issues. I also learned that I am humbled every day by situations that are larger than I am. I am thankful that I recognize this.
Through all this my husband has supported me. He is a full-time parent to our special needs daughter. I could not do what I do every day if not for him. He does things for me every day. I joke that he spoils me rotten. He does. I am thankful that he gets up every morning to get Mija and me out the door. He packs my breakfast and lunch. He does the laundry. He does the grocery shopping and cooks dinner. Day-to-day he manages everything in the house so that I can focus on my work. He listens to me when I come home after a tough day. He lets me vent then he recaptures my sense of humor. There are times when I’m required to travel. He supports me in this and reminds me that I don’t have to feel guilty about being away. I am thankful when I’m away from home and I hear his and my daughter’s voices on the phone.
My daughter brings surprises every day. In her own way she is growing and learning. Most people won’t see this, but my husband and I are thankful every day for each accomplishment. Words are not adequate when I say that I am thankful for her, for the medical staff that supports us, for her teachers in school and in her special needs faith class.
I am thankful that I am able to give words to this expression. I always wanted to blog but felt that I didn’t have the time or the courage to do so. Even though I am very busy I am thankful that I am making this a priority. I am thankful I recognize that this expression of myself is important. From this blog I’ve had messages from family and friends, bringing memories, laughter and ideas for the future.
In the midst of all the ups and downs, take pause. Be thankful for something no matter how larger or small. Every day.