Monday, December 13, 2010


Christmas is quickly approaching, and I'm finding that this year I'm less focused on the event, and more focused on gratitude for what I have, and realizing how lucky we all are.

First of all, if you're reading this, you have internet access. You have a computer. You have electricity. In short, you're pretty darn lucky.

I'm trying to make a point to realize how much I have, and be grateful for every small thing. Running water. I not only have running water, but I have hot water. I have hot water that has it's very own room, that comes out of a shower head. That I can use to wash my hair. I wash my hair with shampoo and conditioner ... almost every day.


I have a house to live in. Everyone in my house has their own bed. Everyone has enough clothes to last several weeks without having to wash them. We have enough food that we wouldn't starve for a long time. The kids have more toys than they play with, and we have more books and movies than we could ever need.

I have a job. I have a car. I have money to buy food and clothes. I have money to go out for coffee. To have ice cream for dessert. To go bowling with the family.

I'm so very lucky. I've started with Easton to ask him to tell me 'the good things about his day' to give him a heart filled with gratitude as well. When I took him to our doctor's office a couple weeks ago, I pointed out that it's good we have a doctor to go to. It's good that she knows what to do. It's good that we have a car to get there. It's good that he has a mom. A dad. A sister. A house. A bed. Clothes. Toys.

Gratitude. It's amazing what focusing on gratitude will do for your state of mind and your outlook on life.

What are you grateful for?