I believe that gratitude is fundamental to well-being. I don't believe that positive thinking can overcome every challenge, but I know for a fact that negative thinking usually only makes things worse. So I try to be grateful and count my blessings on a daily basis. Thanksgiving is just an opportunity to put more emphasis on this practice.
So here is what I am grateful for this year:
The usual BIG stuff like:
- My amazing husband
- My girls who are beautiful, inside and out
- All the family and friends who are a part of my life
- Living in a peaceful and privileged country like Canada
- Not facing the severe hardship so many people in this world face on a daily basis (natural disasters, war, violence, poverty, homelessness, illness, etc.)
- Although Big A woke up at 5:30am on Saturday, she was nice enough to coach me through my Insanity Fitness DVD and even did some jumping jacks and burpees with me.
- The disembodied voices I'd been hearing for a few days were not evidence that I've finally cracked up, but were actually coming from the girls' Dora the Explorer Kitchen which apparently needs new batteries.
- The girls got along well almost all weekend, and actually played more than they fought. Watching them play and laugh together warms my heart.
- The pie Little A made me on the girls' Ipad was virtual and not, in fact, real because it involved both sausage and sprinkles.
- After begging me to make them spaghetti and meatballs last week, Big A declared the meatballs 'yucky' while Little A declared the long spaghetti noodles (which Big A forbid me from breaking up) 'too tricky to eat', but none of the food went to waste because Little A ate Big A's meatballs, and Big A ate all of Little A's spaghetti.
- We've had some absolutely spectacular fall weather the past few weeks.
- Despite the Ontario apple shortage this season, I was finally able to find my beloved mutsu/crispin variety at a good price...and I stocked up!! I adore apples.
- My TRX Rip Trainer arrived in the mail.