I saw this quote the other day, and it made me stop and think for a minute.
Pretty wise words. I feel like I lived them while Stephen was deployed. Every couple I saw fighting, every person I heard complaining about their spouse, I thought about how much I’d give to have Stephen home. But now that we are together, it’s easy to become complacent. And I could always use more gratitude in my life. So here are a few things that I take for granted. Today I’m going to take a few minutes to be grateful instead.
Grocery shopping. My least favorite chore. Meal planning is such a pain and I don’t love the commissary. (The aisles are so narrow! There are kids everywhere! The lines always move really slowly.) On the flip side, I’m fortunate that I have a multitude of foods at my fingers tips. I can afford a full cart every week. In less than an hour, my kitchen is fully stocked and overflowing with almost anything I want to eat.
Boredom. With no job, few responsibilities, and fewer friends, most of my days are spent with some serious couch time. I have too much time on my hands and not enough to do or enough motivation to do anything worthwhile. Being bored isn’t the end of the world. And I know we are lucky that I don’t have to work since the job situation here is so bleak. (And I spent a lot of time last school year debating quitting my job. Now I’m job-free!) Plus, it’s temporary. Soon my free time will be filled with moving prep and eventually (hopefully!) a new job.
Being sore, chaffed, blistered. All the running and exercising I’ve been doing has left me worse for wear in some areas. (Seriously not loving the bra chafe. Owie.) But these little hurts are really just because I’m healthy. I can run every day I want to, as far as I want to. My lungs can breathe, my heart can beat, and my eyes can see. A little blister ain’t gonna slow me down.
I could go on and on with my list, but these three things pretty much sum up my life right now. And all week long I plan to take a little extra time to remember how lucky I am to have them.*