Sunday, February 15, 2009

Grateful for Large and Small

I was going to title this post "Grateful for Big and Little", but I thought you might wonder who "Little" is. I am very grateful for Big, of course-- I'm just not grateful for anyone named Little. I have been needing to do this for a while, as the responsibilities and difficulties involved in motherhood and life have begun to overwhelm and make me lose sight of just how truly blessed I am. Motherhood is a tough job, that often goes unaided or appreciated (sorry, Mom!), so a systems check every so often is called for.

Here we go:

1. My children (especially when well behaved) and their general good health and happiness. 

2. My husband-- who loves and respects me for who I am (not that things are always perfect-- they're not-- and he loves me anyway).

3. Prayer-- it can be a life saver.

4. Family and Friends. 

5. The generosity of others.

6. Repentance and Forgiveness.

7. Love

8. All my fingers and toes. (And the limbs they're attached to!)

9. Talents (both mine and those of others).

10. Fruits and vegetables.

1. ?

2. ?

3. ?

Okay, you can see I'm having a hard time thinking of some small things I'm grateful for. As I tried to think of some, with each one I could pose an argument for why it could be considered for the large category, depending on the day or the situation. 

There are days when that glass of chocolate milk is an absolute life saver, or when not having very hairy legs absolutely saves my bacon because I have to wear a skirt and didn't have time to shave! Really, I guess I should be grateful for all I have equally, because all of it is a blessing-- more of a blessing sometimes than others, but a blessing nonetheless. 

(Well, it worked. I don't know if it made any sense, but I feel better already!) 


jwise said...

Nice!! You're right--I was thinking of some "small" things, too, like hot water, and cold water, and the times of the year when the sun comes up before 7:00, but then I agree with you.... they end up "large" after all. :)

Lindseybabe said...

This always makes me feel better too. I do it all the time!