Sunday, June 6, 2010

Enough Bitc**ng! Time To Be Grateful.

I have a calendar on my refrigerator at home that begins each month with an inspirational message.  The message for June is: "I envision good unfolding in every area of my life."  I decided that although I received terrible news about my mortgage modification I would do my best to embrace this month's message.  I realized that even though life has been full of many challenges the last few years it has also been full of blessings.  In the spirit of staying positive I decided to list the things in my life that I am grateful for.  So, here it goes....


1.  My beautiful, healthy, happy children.  Do they drive me crazy?  You bet, but I wouldn't trade in this craziness for anything in the world!  My two year old daughter who I'll call Prudence for this blog, is a free spirit with a wonderful sense of humor.  Even when I am in a sad mood she manages to make me smile.   Noodle (my nickname for my 10 year old son) is an affectionate little boy and never forgets to tell me he loves me.  Unlike me or my husband, he is not shy and thoroughly enjoys performing.  Whether singing, dancing or acting he feels at home on the stage.  He also loves sports but tends to be a bit of a sore loser.   We are working on changing that!


2.  My husband.  Does he drive me crazy? YOU BET!  But again, I wouldn't trade him in either.  He always sees the "good" in people and is a gentle soul.  He is loved by everyone... especially me.


3.  My wonderful boss.  I work for an attorney who has a heart of gold.  Even though my grammar stinks and knowing where to put a comma in a sentence is not my strong point (as you can tell from reading my blog) she keeps me employed.  I've had the pleasure of working for her for 16 years.  During this time, she has allowed me to bring both of my children to work when they were babies (I had a crib right next to my desk!), let me have an office cat and, even let me bring my dog to the office (before the kids were born of course.) In today's economy I am lucky to have a job.  To work for someone as special as Ms. A I am grateful.

4.  My two best friends.  RaRa has been my best buddy since kindergarden.  We fought the school bully together and have been friends ever since!  She lives 5 hours away now and I miss her terribly.  But, we chat on the phone constantly and are still close at heart.  My friend Chillen and I met in high school (many moons ago).  We disliked each other in H.S. because she hung out with the jocks and I hung out with the rockers.  How stupid we were!  We are like sisters today and can't believe we wasted 4 years not being friends just  because of the crowds we hung around with.  Oh how ridiculous youth can be.

I will stop here for now.  Oh, I am sure I can list more things to be grateful for because as the calandar says  "I envision good unfolding in every area of my life".  I will keep you posted as all the goodness flows into my life.  I would love to hear from all of you.  What are you grateful for?  Please stop by and let me know. 

6 comments:

Chrissy said...

I am grateful for making a decision at the beginning of the year that I 've never had to make in my life... I am grateful for my kids... tho they aren't kids- 2 adult girls 1 almost 20 yr. old son... they amaze me...
My health!. I'm better than ever and so is my diet.. not dieting but eating so much better than ever. I am grateful for learning alot about myself and others in the last 9 years!.

Brooklyn Book Lover said...

Hi Chrissy,
Thanks for sharing your grateful list. It sounds like you are now on a nice path in life.

I wish I would start eating better. I NEED a diet but just can't find the willpower. I'm sure it will come when I'm truly ready. I am happy that your kids bring you so much joy. Wow, three grown children. I just can't imagine the day when my kids are grown. My son will be starting junior high in September and I am sad because he is no longer "my baby". I am probably (no probably about it, I AM) going to embarrass him at his 5th grade graduation by crying!

cjschlottman said...

Thank you so much for this timely reminder to be grateful. I needed a good dose of that, feeling sorry for myself as I am right now.

I am grateful for having the most wonderful husband in the world.

Brooklyn Book Lover said...

Claudia - Sometimes remembering what we are grateful for lifts our spirits. The love and dedication you have for your husband is beautiful. You were each blessed to have had each other.

Patricia Singleton said...

Thanks for your comment on my blog earlier today. You are the second person whose blog article has been about gratitude that I have read in the last 2 days. Must need the reminder to always be grateful for life's challenges and the good that I have in my life.

I am grateful that the grieving I was doing last week has gotten lighter. I am grateful for my family. I do have a wonderful, loving husband and children. I am grateful for the mortage that I have because it means I am not paying rent. I need a home to call my own to do my incest survivor work in without the fear of being invaded by the owners of the house at any time.

Brooklyn Book Lover said...

Patricia - I look forward to following your blog and the progress you are making. Your honest posts will be such a help to many people. Thank you.