The Counterweight of Thankfulness

This might be a bit of a stretch, but after watching the opening night of our country’s convention season, I need to reach for something. I was downright distraught by the hate and fear. But I know from experience that the counterweight to distress for me is thankfulness. Here are 10 things I am thankful for today.

  1. Nice humans. I rarely encounter mean people. In fact, I go through the day fascinated by the people I get to interact with, the stories I intersect.  I think it’s probably 10-1, nice to mean. Maybe 10-3 if you have to count people while they are driving – pretty good odds either way.  

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    I met this lovely bride-to-be in an antique store. She is showing me her future wedding dress made out of 4 table cloths from the store! I felt so privileged to be there that moment to see her face.

  2. Refinement. The most beautiful stories I know come from the ashes of some great fire – souls refined by hard times, failure, abuse, poverty. So, when we are having  a hard time, we can have hope – not only that we will survive, but also that we might be refined in ways we  never have imagined.IMG_4533
  3. Young people. The next generation makes me excited. My kids, my nieces and nephews, all of their friends, the kids bagging my groceries. Seriously, I am impressed by so many of them lately. What a world they are coming into! What stories they will tell!kids
  4. Dogs. Need I say more? I am comforted and licked and pawed constantly by 2 rescue dogs who love me unconditionally, like they know they were rescued. Being that I am but  a scraggly, rescue human, I am thankful for the reminder.Gumbo
  5. Mentors. I have 3 people in my life right now that I consider my mentors, whether they like it or not. I think I’ll write more about this later. But, for now – if you don’t have a mentor, go get you one. It works best if you are also paying it back the other direction to younger people in your own life.
  6. Science. Because of fast computers, far-reaching satellites, and super-smart humans, our knowledge in so many fields is exploding. These discoveries make me feel mind-blown about a BIG, creative God. They also expose that we are barely scraping the surface of discovery, and we should be humble.IMG_1586
  7. Netflix. Last night, after the disgraceful “benediction” that was more of a malediction (look it up:)), I just couldn’t take it. Thankfully, all I had to do was push one little button on my smart T.V. remote and I was whisked away into the land of quality T.V. where I had multiple binge-worthy selections to take me away from the chaos. Sometimes distraction is the best! I used that method all the time when I had toddlers. Not very effective with teenagers.Screen Shot 2016-07-19 at 11.44.10 AM
  8. Heat. I’ve made a decision that every time I walk outside and begin melting that I am filing the feeling away so that when I am in Colorado in 2 weeks I will be 10 times more thankful for the opportunity to be there. I love you, Texas!IMG_2198
  9. Friends. Starting right in my own home with Bret and my kids and working out from there, I have some of the best friends on the planet. I am amazed again and again that people of this caliber are willing to be friends with quirky little me. 


    Double thankful that some of my best friends are also my sibs.

  10. Politics. Yep, I am even thankful for the very thing that brings me despair today. We have a system that is almost as free as we are – so free that it can make HUGE errors in judgment, free enough that we often flop around in the muck and have to learn from terrible mistakes. Kind of like me! But that same freedom that has allowed me to screw things up also allows me to LOVE and say what I think and walk in the woods and go to church. We can’t have it both ways, and looking around at the world, we shouldn’t want it any other way. It will be OK. There is Someone bigger than the President of the United States that has a handle on things.


    Yes, Jeb, we are all bewildered.

There’s my little list – what’s yours?