Taking a Break

I will be away from this blog for a while.  I’ve been under a lot of stress lately and need to focus on family and self care.  

Just Gratitude #7

I am thankful for soap and shampoo.  I can’t imagine not having them in the hot and humid Houston, Texas weather.

Just Gratitude #6

I am thankful for my mother.  Who chose to give me life by allowing me to be born and taking care of me when I could not take care of myself. 

Just Gratitude #5

I am thankful for weekends.  More specifically, I’m grateful for weekends off work.  The rest and time at home and with family give a much needed reboot to get back to work on Monday.  

Just Gratitude #4

I am thankful for the ability to read and write. Not only does it make texting, blogging, and communication in general possible, it also gives your brain a good intellectual and emotional workout.  Here are a few articles on the benefits of reading and writing:

Just Gratitude #3

I am thankful for my son.  The first time I saw him on the ultrasound screen, my whole world changed and the way I see the world changed.  A helpless little human now depended on me.  And I realized that all the people I would see each day, even the strangers, were more like me than I imagined.  Everyone is someone’s son or daughter.   Yes, that sounds so ridiculously obvious; but to actually feel it with all your being and experience it is something amazing.  There are no words to fully express it.  My son is now sixteen years old and, without knowing it, he reminds everyday that there’s more to the world than meets the eye or the mind.  

Just Gratitude #2

I am thankful for podcasts, they make my morning and afternoon commutes bearable. Surprisingly, I actually look forward to my commutes knowing I will be listening to my favorite podcasts from iTunes.  If you don’t have an Apple phone or iPod, you can use Stitcher, Podbean, or any other podcast provider.  You can also go directly to the podcast’s website.  Here are a few of my favorite podcasts:

Just Gratitude #1

I am thankful for faith, the anchor that centers me in life’s inevitable ups and downs.

A Year of Gratitude

Yay, I stuck with my goal of one year of quotes! Since I’ve reached the last week of “Just-A-Quote”, I’m ready for a new goal: “Just Gratitude”. For the next year, I’ll post one thing I’m thankful for every week.   I’ve been practicing the Ignatian daily examen prayer for several months now and have discovered what a difference acknowledging your gratitude makes in seeing life more positively.  I hope sharing my weekly gratitudes can help others experience gratitude.  I’ll be posting the first “Just Gratitude” soon.  

If you’re interested in learning more about the daily examen prayer and Ignatian spirituality visit: http://www.ignatianspirituality.com/ignatian-prayer/the-examen/.

Just-A-Quote #52

“If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.”

Henry Ford

Just-A-Quote #51

“I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness – it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.”

Brene Brown

Just-A-Quote #50

“You can’t get so hung up on where you’d rather be, that you forget to make the most of where you are.”

-Aurora Lane, character in the movie Passengers

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