Please excuse my “Oprah moment.” I’ve just decided that I need to make a better attempt to be grateful for everything good in my world and show my appreciation more.
That was really hard to do in 2011 when our family was turned upside down by my younger son’s inability to attend his high school. With 2012 still shiny and new and my boy back in school (cue the sigh of relief), I think it’s best for me to start the year in a more positive mode. Thus the emphasis on gratitude.
I’ve decided to write down each day’s gratitude in a datebook I use in the kitchen. Assuming I don’t fall back into my usual forgetful ways, it’ll be nice to look back at the end of the year and remember what made me feel grateful each day.
This is what I’ve written down so far: Monday I was grateful that my younger son didn’t get mad at me all day. Tuesday I showed gratitude that he somewhat-willingly went back to his high school and stayed all day. The wonderfully mild temperatures (high of 70 degrees!) were my pick for Wednesday.
And yesterday? As you might be able to tell from the photos, I was grateful for the beauty of colorful leaves on David, our backyard Bradford pear tree.
I’m also grateful that we have a yard crew that will rake up all those lovely leaves from our lawn!