I’ve thought about updating many times, but I felt like I couldn’t post unless it was an entry about my Lifeclass experience. Because my mind has been on a few different things, that wrap-up entry still hasn’t been completed. But guess what? It’s Thankful Thursday and I have so much to be thankful for.
I’m thankful for growth, and I was reminded of how much sense the term growing pains makes! Over the past month I’ve
overpondered this idea of entrepreneurship, changing my vision for my life, and actually believing that I can do it, even if this “it” isn’t that well defined. It’s all very much a work in progress, one requiring daily commitment, and that’s the hardest part for me, being consistent. I’m excited by all the wonderful resources that are available online—for free!—to help anyone who is ready to get serious about accomplishing his or her goals. I feel like I’m moving forward and that I’ll look back on 2012 and recall it being the start of something really great.
I truly appreciate the little ways that God takes care of me. One example: just a few minutes ago I did my usual ritual of turning on the light to my doorway to see if I locked my front door. Locking my front door and checking to make sure it’s actually locked before bed are such ingrained habits that I do them on autopilot. So imagine my surprise when I discovered that for the first time in over two years, that door wasn’t locked! I am thankful that I noticed. On that same note, it’s so important to be aware: we sometimes do things on autopilot or are too busy multitasking to really take in all that we’re engaged in. Earlier this week I had to drive back home because I hadn’t paid attention to whether or not my front door was locked and when I returned home, the door was locked. However, I wasn’t paying attention again while re-locking the door so I ended up having to get out of the car just before leaving to check—very unusual for me. My situation is minor but think of what could have happened if I had left my door unlocked in those two occasions. Maybe all would have been well but unfortunately severe consequences have resulted from the actions of distracted people so please: be aware.
I’m thankful for supportive and appreciative friends. Aloted wrote a lovely tribute that left me feeling so loved. I was very touched—it was so unexpected—and I really appreciate her thinking so highly of me. I’ve been helping another friend set up her website (that sounds like I actually know what I’m doing–hah!)…it’s nice to know even my meagre and unprofessional efforts are able to benefit somebody, and these two women have been so supportive to me too. It’s interesting how something—a word we said or an action we decided to make—something that we may not think so highly of, can mean a lot to someone else.
I’m also thankful for the friends who call me out and challenge me. It’s never a comfortable exercise but I (eventually) take something good away from the hard (to hear) but true words that are said.
I am thankful for my parents’ health, something I will never take for granted. I am thankful for my own health too…every day that I can command my body to do what I want it to do—walk, run, jump, sit, eat—is a day to show appreciation to the One who made us. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to see someone in a wheelchair without appreciating the blessings I take for granted.
I’m thankful for the power of forgiveness in my life. I had a revelation yesterday that I had been holding several grudges without really thinking about them. They weren’t things that were keeping me awake at night but I can see how with time they could become actual problems. I’m thankful that now that I’m aware of them I can let them go and do what’s necessary to resolve them.
I could keep going but it’s past 2:00am and sleep is winning me over with its charm. Please tune in on twitter to learn what other things I’m thankful for.