I find myself feeling so thankful for very small things today. I am thankful for my family, my cereal, my house, even just the ground beneath my feet. I am thankful for my friends, my community and the road that I can drive to town on with almost no trouble at all. I am thankful for my vehicle. Even though I have been known to curse at it for not starting occasionally, it is not sitting in my kitchen right now, and I am sure that with a little coaxing I could encourage it to fire up and take me somewhere this afternoon.
I am thankful that, for now anyway, I am blessed to be able to watch this disaster unfold with horror and empathy for the people whose lives have been so devastated. I am blessed because it has renewed my appreciation for all those small things that I can forget are so important. I am lucky because I can sit and consider what my options are to help these people who have been so badly hurt through no fault of their own.
My sons have planned a trip to Japan for three weeks this summer. I am so thankful that they are not there right now. I am thankful to have been given the opportunity to consider their safety for another few weeks before deciding whether or not they will be allowed to go.
Sometimes I complain when the weather falls below, say -35 for a good three weeks or so. Sometimes I complain even after one day of -25. I never like it when it’s windy. I want summer to be hot in the day and rainy at night. I want spring to have less mud. Don’t get me wrong, I will still be frustrated when the weather doesn’t fit my agenda. However, maybe I will remember to be thankful that the ground is stable, and that my family is safe.
What are you thankful for today?