Showing posts with label gratitude. Show all posts
Showing posts with label gratitude. Show all posts

Monday, August 15, 2016

Gratitude and My Craigslist Obsession


Oh how I struggle y'all. Gratitude can be a tough one to hold on to, have you noticed? To pause each and every day and be grateful for every part of your life at that moment, whew, it's harder some days than others.

Case in point, camping, I love me some camping, like lots, like too much. What's not to love? All that adventuring is beyond awesome! Last year, we purchased a little pop-up camper and it's been absolutely amazing and has allowed us to travel and experience life and learning in a whole new way. It's the greatest thing since sliced bread y'all. Seriously. But, and this is a biggie, as we begin to expand our traveling horizons and plan several really large trips, I've started looking, dreaming, dare I say coveting, larger campers. Yes, I really, really want a C Class RV folks and I've become totally, hopelessly, obsessed. They say the first step to recovery is to admit that you have a problem. I stand before you today to admit that I am beyond smitten with motor-homes, there, I've said it out-loud, now let the healing begin.


There's nothing wrong with dreaming, but sometimes the dream can overshadow the here and now and suck the gratitude from THIS day that we've been given. I may or may not spend waaaaaaay too much time on Craigslist, like EVERY day y'all. I'm thinking of starting a 12-step program, as I'm pretty sure there may be others out there that suffer from my RV smitten disorder.

Excuse me for getting a little personal here, but often what we want is not at all what we need. I've kinda learned that the hard way. I desperately want a motor-home, and I hope to have one in the not so distant future, but right now isn't the right time. Financially, we need to save more and we'd have to sell our pop-up before purchasing anything, but the biggest reason, and it's gargantuan, is that until I'm able to master gratitude for all the things God has provided our little family, including our pop-up, anything new would be tainted. Taking on debt would be a really bad move for us and even though every fiber of my being really wants to go out there and get what I want, when I want, I know in my heart it would be all wrong. Purchasing an RV not within God's timing would be a huge no no. That RV would be a shiny red apple on the outside with a nasty bitter taste on the inside. I've had that bitter apple before, I've put the proverbial cart before the horse and let me tell you, it's no way to live. I never want to live that way again.


So today, I'm focusing more on the here and now, and less on the future. I'm committed to an untiring pursuit of daily gratitude.............and, just by chance, if you happen to know of any good deals on a C Class, oh shoot, there I go again, prayers welcomed as I continue to pursue daily gratitude.............

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Cultivating Gratitude


As I'm aging, I've come to realize more and more that growing my gratitude takes intentional action. It is a well tended seed that takes root and then flourishes over time. It asks that you see this life of yours differently, as if each and every moment throughout your day is s-l-o-w-e-d, and savored. It means that you acknowledge that your actions are leaving a footprint and that it matters. It requires you to love deeply and freely. It asks that you step back and see the rewards as they gather around your ankles at the end of the day.




It's a quilt on the clothes line, farm raised eggs, gathering friends and loved ones in your home, it's cuddling around a campfire, it's loving deeply and passionately. It's eyes wide open. It's starting each morning with a thank you aimed at the heavens.



The beauty of this thing, gratitude, is how it changes all the corners of your life in time, and so unexpectedly. Yes, there are rewards for a grateful heart. Don't dare for a moment think that I've perfected my grateful spirit, I'm just like you, a work in progress each and every day. But I am intentionally  seeking a grateful heart every single day, and oh the difference that makes. 

How do you grow your gratitude? 



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