It's that time of year! The time when we're supposed to be thankful for all the good in our lives. I want to try something different today. I've been thinking about all the things in my life that have been stressing me out or causing a challenge. I wonder if I can re-think those things. Rather than being stressed about them, be grateful for them. Sounds weird, eh? I think you should give it a try.
I'm thankful for...
1. A house that's not always clean. I'm thankful for this because it means my child is making memories, like this weekend when we made a fort in the living room with blankets and chairs. It was a M-E-S-S, but we had a great time.
2. Students who always complain about school. My "kids", as I call them, have no idea what it's like to live somewhere where they don't have the opportunity to go to school. They think most things are "boring" and "something they'll never use", but maybe I should be glad they don't know the difference.
3. The hours and hours and hours of my personal time I spend working - grading papers, making lesson plans, trying to find ideas for class. Even though I might complain about this, I should be thankful that I have a job I love and a place I go every day where I can try to make a difference in a student's life.
4. My bills. What?! Why in the world would I be thankful that I have bills to pay?! I'm thankful for this because it means I'm living and I have responsibilities. I have a house that's warm in the winter and cool in the summer. It has lights, running water, indoor plumbing, and carpet. It has a stove, a refrigerator, a dishwasher and a washer and dryer. While they might not be the top-of-the-line, they work and make caring for my family easier. I have to pay for them, yes, but maybe that's not a bad thing after all.
5. The nasty callouses on my feet. They're ugly, I tell you. But you know how I got them? I danced from age 3-18 and started running after that. While my feet may not be the prettiest around, I'm thankful they're not because it means I USE them. My parents gave me the opportunity to dance and my love of running is now my lifeline. I'll sacrifice my feet for these things.
Now, you give it a try! What are things in your life that you often complain about? How can you change your attitude and think about why you should be thankful for those things?