365 Days of Thanks

365 Days of Thanks

"This journey continues. Day to day...thinking of something or someone who brightened my day."

I started this “Thankful for each day” journey a week ago. Essentially in an effort to remind myself to take a moment each day to be thankful for the things in my life. Big or small. Reality is, this week was a bit harder than the last. It becomes very easy to get engrossed in the day to day tasks in our lives…to forget about the good things when a rough day occurs. All the more reason to continue this journey.

December 1st, 2011 DAY 7

What am I thankful for? – I am thankful for quiet, drama-less days. Today came and went. I sat back at the end of the day, in an effort to continue this challenge I have taken for myself, and wondered what stood out today…what was I thankful for. Honestly, I had to think about this one for a bit. Work was okay…calm and quiet overall. No crazy traffic. Nothing wild on the home front. I felt good today – no illness. I think I was seeking something concrete; a person that stood out, a gift from Mother Nature, a winning lottery ticket. Although each would be wonderful, the reality was that I was thankful for today for different reasons. Life has a tendency to throw us quite a few curveballs, and although I was pretty good at softball, I was great on defense and was horrible at actually hitting the ball. So, having a day that was easy and quiet and seemingly uneventful, sounds like a pretty good day to me.

December 2nd, 2011 DAY 8

What am I thankful for? – I am thankful for successful surgeries. Today our puppies had the dreaded spay and neuter day – felt horrible taking their woman and manhood, yet as much as I love animals, the thought of having a mini litter delivered on my kitchen floor, was fast and efficient birth control. For anyone who has pets that they treat like their children, the anxiety of such a basic surgery, still sent my nerves through the roof. Fortunately, both came through with flying colors, mini tattoos showing the surgery was done, a little anesthesia hangover, and a brand new after surgery toy…which had the ear ripped off in a matter of minutes. Yet, their health is priceless and that toy…can be replaced.

December 3rd, 2011 DAY 9

What am I thankful for? – I am thankful for hand warmers. I woke up this morning to snow and bitter freezing temperatures. Sounds like a great day to stay inside and watch movies, drink hot chocolate and be thankful that you have a roof over your head to dodge the weather. Not that I am not thankful for that, but today was the high school state championship football game…and we had tickets. So, I layered up…two pairs of long underwear, two Underarmour shirts, snowboarding pants, a sweater, two pairs of gloves, a stocking hat, a scarf and my snowboarding jacket. I almost passed out from heat exhaustion in the car, but was happy to have worn, what seemed like ½ my closet, once I stepped into the stadium and stood in the cold for the first half of the game. I soon realized that although I was chilly, the primary piece of my body that felt like it might fall off, was my hands. Threw a couple hand warmers into my gloves and in that moment, I believe I held a tiny piece of heaven.  If it weren’t for the heat created by those little packs of magic, I may not have made it through the game. And it was a good one. Congratulations Columbine!

December 4th, 2011 DAY 10

What am I thankful for? – I am thankful for football. Sundays…typically a day to relax, snack, and enjoy football…at least until the close of season arrives. Living in Denver, the Broncos obviously capture the hearts of the locals. I have had the luxury of attending a few games at Invesco field and maybe simply being “in” it, has a tendency to lure you into the fan club. I cannot say I have a favorite team, so Sundays find me on the couch…surfing from game to game and simply enjoying this American pastime. And…the recent Tim Tebow hype, doesn’t hurt either. Keeps my Sundays interesting to say the least.

December 5th, 2011 DAY 11

What am I thankful for?  I am thankful for Christmas tree hunting. It is that time of the year where the streets are lined with lights, homes sporting Christmas cheer, and Christmas tree lots scattered throughout the city. Personally, I love Christmas and despite the pain of actually putting the tree up…one of the best parts of Christmas, is having the tree in my home. Lights and ornaments giving  my home a different splash of personality. We found our tree today. I cannot say that getting it off of the top of an SUV was the easiest task, but now that it is up and has not been taken out by the puppies, Christmas in my home, has officially begun.

December 6th, 2011

What am I thankful for? – I am thankful for the health of my loved ones. I work in a field where hardship is a daily occurrence. We see the pain and heartache that often plagues the clients I work with.  Today was one of those days – hearing of a previous client who was murdered. We all make choices in our lives that put us in great positions or not so great ones. Regardless, it is sad to hear of negative things happening to people…and the loved ones they leave behind. Mid-day…it made me stop and be thankful for the health of my loved ones. They have all made positive choices and have made many mistakes along the way as well. They are fortunate to be here…walking this earth each day. Living. And I am fortunate for their presence.

December 7th, 2011 DAY 13

What am I thankful for? – I am thankful for peas. This may sound like one of the crazier things to be thankful for, but I simply have to roll with it. Honestly, they are my favorite vegetable. So much so, that I am willing to opt for canned peas, frozen peas, fresh peas, sugar snap peas….whatever peas are out there. I wasn’t always the best vegetable eater, and it took me growing older, maybe a change in taste buds to try, enjoy and appreciate this healthy option. Tonight, dinner involved peas…a pasta with lots of veggies tossed in it, but a splash of peas to top it off. A few bites in, I shook my head, smiled and noted how much I loved them…the peas, that is. As much as I love them, I probably do not incorporate them into my diet as often as I would like. With that being said, tonight’s meal was reminder of how much I enjoy them. Good food in the comfort of your home…nothing much better than that.

December 8th, 2011 DAY 14 - TODAY

What am I thankful for? – I am thankful for good books. I enjoy reading but have a tendency to go through spurts with regards to how often I read. Recently, I have finished a couple books…overall, good choices, but all non-fiction, which is my preference. I like to throw in fiction to give my mind a breather. Wow…a friend recommended the Hunger Games! I saw a preview for the movie, but wasn’t even aware that a book existed…let alone a trilogy. She loaned me the book and warned that it may be hard to put down. I choose fiction to give my mind a breather…yet, I read this book before I went to bed and cannot manage to get it out of my head. Half way through book 1 and I am officially a fan and engrossed in the story line. I didn’t want to go to bed…I wanted to keep reading into the wee hours of the night. That is rare for me…a book I can hardly put down.

This journey continues. Day to day...thinking of something or someone who brightened my day. Until next week....