The struggles of yesterday cast a long shadow on today, but leave it to the practice of gratitude to part the clouds of fear and doubt. Certain situations have not changed, but by not dwelling on what is missing and what is wrong, I feel physically, emotionally, and spiritually better. These are some of my moments of gratitude on this eighth day:
- I was able to decimate my overwhelming “To Do” list this weekend, thanks, in large part, to my family. Yesterday, I came home to find that my ex-husband did my yard work, while my oldest daughter did some of the housework. Today, both of my daughters helped me around the house, in addition to just hanging out with me. I am able to head into the week feeling ready, willing, and able to tackle my professional and personal responsibilities, and I cannot thank the girls and their dad enough for everything.
- My daughters reminded me that they are never too old or too busy to cuddle with me, which is one of the best feelings in the world. My youngest daughter snuggled with me in bed this morning, and my oldest daughter curled up with me on the couch this afternoon. I love my girls so very much and tell them that daily, but to be able to take time to show them was a special treat for all of us.
- The Minnesota Vikings beat the St. Louis Rams in overtime! If you are a Vikings fan like I am, you learn to celebrate and give thanks for every single victory.
- With every text, email, phone call, and message, I am reminded by my friends and family that I am not alone in my fight against breast cancer. Their support empowers me and reaffirms my belief that I can do this.
- As much as I dislike paying bills, as I did so today, I was grateful that I have the funds available to pay all of my bills in full and on time. I definitely am not wealthy, but I am financially stable and secure.
I am genuinely grateful for so many things in my life, but day in and day out, I am especially appreciative of the people in my life who celebrate my successes and support me when challenges appear on my path. I won the lottery of life when it comes to my family and friends!
Just one thing each day . . .
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