I'm thankful for the fishing gear piled to the ceiling in my garage, and the dirty cereal bowls in the sink - they remind me that my husband is home and happy and safe.
I'm thankful for doggie baths and nail trims and litter box cleanings, for hairballs and white fur on my black clothes and black fur on my white clothes - the tell-tale signs my fur kids are waiting to greet me when I get home.
I'm thankful for a cold blistery winters day, and rain for weeks in the spring - they point the way to a new year, new life and and new beginnings.
I'm thankful for the workdays that seem to never end, irritable coworkers, and the everyday minutia of making a living - they allow me to provide for myself and my family, they are my laboratory for life and learning.
I'm thankful for the pain, for the suffering, for the hurt that I have endured - I know it is nothing compared to some, but it has prompted me to dig deep and to find a better way, discover who I really am and connect with others on a deeper level.
I'm thankful for my faults, my weaknesses, my downfalls - and there are many - they provide an opportunity to practice self-love and to learn to treat myself with compassion and acceptance, so that I can extend that same attitude to others.
I'm thankful for the opportunity to clean the house, mow the lawn, weed the flower beds, fix the broken light fixture - all reminders of the beautiful home that God has given me.
I'm thankful for oil changes, flat tires, broken parts, screaming washing machines, petty arguments, misunderstandings, hurt feelings, sick days, long lines, traffic, headaches, exhaustion, frustration.
I'm thankful for it all: the good and the bad, the happy and the sad, the ups and the downs, the laughter and the tears, the joy and the pain, the highs and the lows. For the fullness and richness of the experience that is this life, I give thanks with a grateful heart.
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