I've been feeling pretty sorry for myself lately. It's easy for me to do. If you've ever taken a personality test, you might know what I mean when I say I'm sanguine/melancholy. I pretty much am way up...or way down. Either Tigger or Eeyore. Basically I see life this way...when it's good, it's great. But when it's bad...it's really, reeeeeally bad. I've been in the reeeeeeally bad stage for a while, and I'm so thankful for One Thousand Gifts to remind me of God's gracious gifts to me.*
When I concentrate on what I don't have, I block out gratefulness for what I do have. Just a minute ago I let Jonathan outside. As he was walking around looking for a good spot (ahem), the thought came to me that we don't have to deal with fleas and ticks in our yard. My friend Lisa lives next door to a family who has a bunch of dogs and won't treat their yard for fleas, therefore Lisa's dogs get covered with them, no matter what they do to get rid of them.
If we had to deal with the same things her family is, it would be one more thing to be unhappy about. So why not turn it around and be grateful that I DON'T have to deal with it at the moment?
Hmmm...what other things that I have complained about lately can I turn around into gratefulness? In her post today, Ann Voskamp shares, "For those who can see, the world’s beauty outweighs its burdens, its grace greater than its grime."
Oh, for eyes to see!
31. A good flyswatter (I'm not kidding!)
32. Vehicles that have great air conditioning
33. Kiddo having fun serving as a team leader to Kindergarteners during their camp this week (LOVE that!)
34. Movies coming in the mail
35. Our small group
36. Getting my hair cut - and I do mean CUT (pictures to come later)
37. Blog friends, old and new
38. In real life friends, old and new
39. Magazines with pictures that inspire me to make my home beautiful
I end my list this week with the biggest thing I'm grateful for this week...I'm sure I'll post about it soon, but for now just to suffice it to say...
40. My new vacuum cleaner!
*(As usual, I have to disclose that if you click the One Thousand Gifts link over on my sidebar and make a purchase, I get a small commission. The opinion of this book is completely mine and not influenced whatsoever by my affiliation with Dayspring.)