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:
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.
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:
I am thankful for faith, the anchor that centers me in life’s inevitable ups and downs.
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/.
“If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.”
“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.”
“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
“No matter how hard the loss, defeat might serve as well as victory to shake the soul and let the glory out.”
“One sees great things from the valley; only small things from the peak.”
“Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it?”
–Thornton Wilder in his play, Our Town