November 8, 2016

Listen. Your newsfeed and my newsfeed and EVERYBODY’S NEWSFEED is a hot mess right now. Welcome to Election Eve 2016. So, I really love the simplicity and sweetness of this friend’s post. I’ve known my best lady McCall since junior high and every year I am more and more in awe of how wonderful and good she really is. I am so grateful for her! I really needed this sweet reminder to slow down and see the little gems in our everyday.

“What am I grateful for? It’s hard to say, because I’m grateful for a LOT of things. I’m grateful for pickles. I’m grateful for nature. I’m grateful for my car. I’m grateful for my job. I’m grateful for my sweet husband.

When asked, I can definitely tell you what I’m grateful for. When I hear about others and their misfortunes, I’m grateful for my situation. When I’m in a foreign country and don’t have power, you bet your bottom dollar I’m grateful to be back in the States with reliable electricity.

But sometimes when things are going wrong–or going right–I’m not usually consciously thinking about what I’m grateful for. I’m thinking about me and my problems or my tasks to be finished. These are usually the times of my life when I’m the most stressed, the most down on myself, and the most…bleh.

I am subtly reminded every so often as I ask myself, “How can I feel more happiness?” that the answer is “Be grateful.” When I am consciously grateful everyday for the little and big things, I am always happier. That’s why I started writing in a journal–so that I could be more grateful for the little happenings throughout the day.

Today I’m grateful that I can read the scriptures and Harry Potter to escape as I take on school and work. I’m grateful for a husband that loves and respects me. I’m grateful I can listen to Christmas music and have fond childhood memories. I’m grateful for my body and it’s amazing capacity to grow a little baby. I’m grateful for a Heavenly Father who loves me and knows what I need in order to have the greatest of happinesses.

‘Some days we forget
To look around us
Somedays we can’t see
The joy that surrounds us
So caught up inside ourselves
We take when we should give.

So for tonight we pray for
What we know can be.
And on this day we hope for
What we still can’t see.
It’s up to us to be the change
And even though we all can still do more
There’s so much to be thankful for.’

(And I’m thankful for Josh Groban ^)”

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