Has anyone ever asked you what you are “infinitely grateful for”? It no-doubt makes you appreciate the people, memories and blessings in your life, while making it easier to de-emphasize the struggles, hardships and what-if’s.
I’m sure you can guess what instantly popped into my mind when faced with this question. These two….a Wrigley and a Goose.
It’s been a year filled with grief over a loved one, excitement over new lives born, fear of the unknown future, the realization of true friendships, travels to places that took my breath away, moments of longing for the Midwest and the people I love there and acceptance that today may be all that’s guaranteed.
So, yes, we’ve all heard it…appreciate those that love you, don’t sweat the small stuff, be happy with what you have and not what you don’t, always looking in the rear-view mirror will probably lead to an accident and be willing to forgive without needing it in return. These are the things our parents taught us and we hope that ours weren’t the only ones that instilled those values. That good ol “golden rule”. But, let’s be honest, times can be rough, it’s hard to see the bright side when confronted with conflict and having “more” would probably be easier.
These two “floppy-eared angels” make me a better person. To them I am grateful. They make me slow down, smile, laugh and share stories and THAT is happiness to a tee (for me).
They have no idea know how much I love….
Heads serenely laying on my legs while watching TV.
Morning kisses before my eyes are even open.
Scratches from batting their paws at me for attention.
The incessent throwing of golf balls.
The nighttime snuggle-fests.
Eyes that stare at you with such intensity, that you can’t help but feel the love.
The way a pup can get in that “nook” of your back or knees so gingerly, that you wouldn’t dare move–because disturbing them isn’t worth it.
The barks, snorts and sniffs that drive me crazy, but without them it would be unbearably silent.
I AM lucky and will continue to appreciate that. I will slow down, smile, laugh and share stories….
To spread your story of gratitude, visit Epic Thanks and take a moment to cherish what’s important to you and enjoy hearing about what it is that matters most to others. The holidays are always that time when we try to pray more, thank more and give more, so I will do that and hopefully re-read this post throughout the year to help me remember it more often.
I believe in angels-especially the ones with four legs.