Monday, October 8, 2012

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving

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.)
And some of the random, smaller stuff that's happened recently that I'm grateful for:
  • 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.
Oh, and last, but not least, I am grateful to all of you, who give my thoughts, feelings, ideas and ramblings some of your precious time.  I appreciate each and every one of you who read my blog.  Happy Thanksgiving!

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