It’s the most wonderful time of the year, friends. And I think that that includes Thanksgiving. I kind of like that a season of thanks precludes a season of “gift giving” in this country. We need more thanks and graciousness in our lives these days. The thing is… I have a lot to be thankful for, and I like to be vocal in my appreciation of my life so that my kids might mirror me in recognizing how lucky they are.
I have a “mental mantra” if you will, that I repeat to myself when I get to stressing about things that really don’t matter that much or that I cannot change. “Some people have real problems” I tell myself. I know it’s not inspirational or anything, but it is true. I get stressed about bills, but the fact is that I have more than I need. I get upset that I can’t for the life of me keep up with my family’s mountains of laundry, but some people can’t buy their children piles of clothes to dirty. Some parents sit in sterile hospitals while I complain about my messy home. I absolutely dread taking all three of my kids to the grocery store with me; but I leave with a cart full of food. You see, some people have real problems.