What Do You Have To Be Grateful For?

Internet, I’ve been in a rather selfish funk for the last few weeks. Work is frustrating. The world’s getting bleak and cold. And I? Have been staring at my navel, crying, “Why me?” Or rather, “Why not me?”

Because let’s face it. We all want whatever it is we don’t already have.

But I am, in fact, ridiculously lucky. Here are six reasons why:

1. My husband and I, we make a good living. We’re not rich, but we don’t have to wonder how we’re going to keep the lights on, or feed our daughter.

2. And let’s talk about that daughter. She is healthy, happy…a completely normal, vibrant two-year-old.  She is my joy. And I am lucky to have her.

3. I am surrounded by people who love me. I have a great relationship with my parents. I even have a good relationship with my in-laws (admit it. you’re jealous).

4. I have awesome friends. I have found a group of kindred spirits here in Indiana. Plus, I still have a few, wonderful friends back home who I’d be lost without (you know who you are). And of course, there’s all you out here in bloggy land. I’d be lost without you, too.

5. I have a beautiful house. A house that I well and truly love. It’s painted in all my favorite colors, has both a soaker tub and a fireplace, and, well, it’s mine. It’s my sanctuary.

6. I have a job a lot of people would kill for. Sure, it  often has me pulling my hair out, but I get paid to do something I love. How many people can say that?

In other words, I have a lot to be grateful for this Thanksgiving season.

That’s why I pledged to give Scary Mommy $50 to give to a mom who’s not so lucky. Someone who might not otherwise be able to have a Thanksgiving at all this year. Someone whose life is a struggle—and who deserves to have one meal, on one day, that’s worry-free.

Can you help? Even a little? If so, I encourage you to pay her a visit and tell her so in the comments.

Or , you know, just be a little more generous in your daily life. Put one of those $5 bags in your cart for your local food bank. Volunteer at a soup kitchen. Or heck, just give that panhandler a buck or two rather than pass them by.

After all, sometimes it’s the little things that mean the most.

 

 

6 Comments on What Do You Have To Be Grateful For?

  1. Meagan
    November 14, 2011 at 4:34 pm (4 years ago)

    It’s always good to remember the good things in our lives. It’s way too easy to concentrate on the bad. And there are so many people who struggle way more than we do.

    I like to donate locally and love that I can pick up a bag of preselected food at the grocery store that they then deliver to the food bank. It’s an easy way to show the kids generosity too.

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    • Amber
      November 15, 2011 at 8:30 pm (4 years ago)

      Yeah, I always pick those bags up at Kroger. The easier you can make it for me to give, the ore likely I am to do it!

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  2. Jen
    November 14, 2011 at 9:04 pm (4 years ago)

    This is a great post and what Scary Mommy is doing is awesome!

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    • Amber
      November 15, 2011 at 8:30 pm (4 years ago)

      It is, isn’t it? She uses her power for good -and that’s pretty awesome.

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  3. Lindsay
    November 14, 2011 at 11:18 pm (4 years ago)

    Some great things to be thankful for! We have to remember to stop and think of all the good in our lives. Loved this.

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    • Amber
      November 15, 2011 at 8:29 pm (4 years ago)

      I definitely need to remind myself more often. It’s too easy to get caught up in the day to day.

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