Grateful for the Ordinary


“If we do not feel grateful for what we already have, what makes us think we’d be happy with more?” ~Unknown

I make it a point to begin every day with an attitude of gratitude. I think it is important, especially these days where it seems like every day when we turn on the news or read the paper, we are plagued by something tragic that just happened. Commercials tell us we aren’t thin enough, rich enough, successful enough, happy enough. We always need more “stuff” to be enough.

My husband is a HUGE F-1 fan, which by extension, I have learned to appreciate the sport. The drivers learn that if you want to cross the finish line, never ever take your eyes off the goal line. Look at the wall and you will hit the wall.  If we focus on where we are lacking, we run the danger of being ungrateful for what we have, and that can be an extraordinarily defeating way to live.

Lately, I’ve so busy with my toddler as we attempt the potty training phase, teaching him and correcting him, but have I taken enough time to ENJOY him? Then there is the never-ending housework, the dishes, the laundry, tending to the cats, but am I ENJOYING the home I have? I couldn’t ask for a better husband. He truly the most caring attentive man I have met. I always make it a point to tell him how much I appreciate all he does for the family, but am I ENJOYING him?

Am I truly grateful for what may seem like an ordinary life?

I don’t know about you, but I know this is an area I can ALWAYS come up higher. Grateful people are happy people.

As I mentioned in last’s week’s blog, November is the time when we are reminded to express what we are thankful for most. I’ve been striving to show a thankful spirit every day of the year, not just during the “season of thanks.”

We have all have ways to be thankful and many things to be grateful for that we might not even notice. What may seem ordinary is really extraordinary. The next time you go to complain, I challenge you to think of the blessing that inconvenience really is. I’m trying to do this myself when I hear complaints and grumblings coming out of my mouth. I’ll show you what I mean…

I am thankful for chasing my toddler around at the park because, it means he is healthy, growing and exploring.

I am thankful for the dishes that need washing, because it means I didn’t go hungry.

I am thankful for the litter-box that needs cleaning, because it means I have pets who love me unconditionally.

I am thankful for that parking space waaaaayyyy out in the back, because it means I can walk and get exercise.

These seem like ordinary things, but when we step back and look closer, it’s something that is extraordinary. It’s your life and no one’s else.

I am definitely thankful for all of you who bless me on this blog by giving me your time. Time is the most precious commodity we have and we never seem to have enough, but all of you are so generous to me. You share the very thing we all need more of….TIME. Thus, I’m immensely grateful you guys give so freely to me.

What are you guys thankful for? I’d like to hear your comments (which I am super especially thankful to get, by the way).

I love hearing from you!


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  • Rosie Russell

    I’m thankful for my family, our home and items that meets our needs. Our awesome friends that my husband have met over the years from every walk of life. My author friends….I don’t know what I would do without. Carmela and friends, you make this writing journey so much fun and you inspire me everyday! Grateful for you all!