When I was in college I began a list called, “Good Things Coming My Way.” Yeah, looking at the title now it seems a bit…umm…me-centric. But, the point of the list was to take note of all I had to look forward to in the coming days. Back then I was juggling a volunteer position for University of Washington athletics, a part-time job, and a full load of classes. It was easy to feel overwhelmed, but my little list put the positive in sharp perspective.
Here are a few that showed up every week:
- Clean white socks on my feet
- Food in my stomach
- Healthy legs so I can exercise
- My paycheck
- A call or visit home
- Spending time with my friends
Simple stuff, right? Well, I didn’t realize how well that attitude for gratitude has served me until I lost it recently. This election season has been derisive, corrosive, mean and ugly. And when people hurt, I hurt. It’s who I am. For a time, I was struggling to get out of bed.
Now though, after a week away from the news and social media, I’m lighter in spirit and seeing the blessings around me again.
Today I am grateful for:
- Shelter over my head
- Food in my cabinets
- The freedom to worship God
- The freedom of others to worship or not as they choose
- Family and friends
- Good schools and great teachers
- People that do their jobs, not for the paycheck, but because they feel called to
- My neighbors and community
- Hope and healing
- Healthy feet and legs that allow me to exercise
- Fresh starts, not just on New Year’s Day, but every single day we choose to forgive, try again, or move on
A president will be elected tomorrow and we will all be okay no matter who wins. We will be okay. And if your gut still burns, focus on every little thing that is actually good in your life. You’ll find that other stuff shrinks shrinks shrinks and your heart (hopefully) heals. And if you’re still feeling fatigued, check out some panda vids here. 🙂