Monday: Today I am thankful for spiders. Ok, well not really thankful for them, but thankful for their ability to turn a boring drive into a Ninja inspired death match. Picture if you will, my happy self cruising down the street singing along to the radio when out of nowhere, this monster of a spider, he was at least 3 feet long, attacks me. I did not provoke said monster spider, I didn't even know he existed! But out of nowhere he jumped on me threatening my very life! Good thing I have the reflexes of a cat and Ninja chopped him off my arm and onto the floor. Now, by quick reflexes, I mean screaming at the top of my lungs and flailing around like monkey til he falls off my arm. I am pretty sure he flew under my seat hysterically laughing at my response. But my life was hanging in the balance and acting like a crazy person was clearly my only hope for survival. Like I said, not as much thankful for spiders as much as the adventure they bring.
Tuesday: Today I am thankful for text messaging. Dear hubby got some really good news, and delivered it to me via text message because I was in a meeting. Good thing the guy I was in a meeting with understood me well enough to not question my immediate fist pumping and tears. Seriously, think of life before text messaging. We used to actually "talk" to people. So weird. Wonder if cave people actually wrote on the walls to avoid "talking" to each other? I wonder what, "You my date, we eat food, I club you" looks like written in caveman on walls? Wonder if they ever wrote: #YOLO? Hhhmmm maybe text messaging isn't the best thing to be thankful for, but today it was super awesome.
Wednesday: Today I am thankful for zippers. Not really sure why, but this morning when I put on my pants I thought, "hmmpf, zippers are pretty cool".
Thursday: Well today was Thanksgiving. Of course I am thankful for my husband and my kids. My family and friends. And of course for my job and a roof over my head. But today Jason and I spent Thanksgiving at our Pastor's parents house. What an amazing family they have. His parents have been married for nearly 50 years and each of their 3 sons are still married to their first wives and have a bunch of kids. The kids all played outside, no TV and no video games. The adults sat around talking, laughing and just truly enjoying each others company. I am thankful to be in a place where the simple life truly warms my heart. No need for pomp and circumstance, just good old fashioned family values. I was truly honored to be invited to be a part of it. Bonus thankful item: LaLaLoopsy Dolls. They are just fun to say. Say it 5 times and tell me you aren't smiling!
Friday: Today I am thankful for fuzzy socks. My sock drawer looks like a rainbow exploded in it. Today while in Walmart, the line was super long even though I went in the afternoon. Turns out there are quite a few people like me who chose not to act like a crazy person and shop at 2 AM. While in line, dealing with grumps all around me, I lifted up my pant leg and peeked at my socks. I giggle every single time. I can't help it. And today, I chose to wear two different fuzzy socks which made me giggle just a little more. The person behind me took a step back. I think my awkward sock giggle made him nervous. Whatever super boring, grumpy man. Take your stupid white socks and step away from the cool club. We didn't want you in our club anyways. And of course by "we" I mean "me", which makes it super exclusive.
So what did I learn in this little challenge? First, I learned that once I realized how thankful I am for zippers, every time I put pants on, I giggled. Seriously, zippers now make me giggle. Next time you zip up your pants, try not to giggle. But in all honesty I learned that I have a ton to be thankful for. From coffee to cream cheese to gas in my car, I am a pretty lucky lady. I may not have a ton of money or the fancy new car but my life rocks. I got a roof over my head, a hubby that loves me, kids that make me laugh and zippers on my pants. What more can a girl ask for? Oh and I also learned that I giggle far more than the average person. But that's ok, life is too short to take everything so seriously!
I challenge anyone to try and take a week to really look at the things you are thankful for each and everyday. Go beyond the obvious answers and really think about it. It is amazing what it does for your spirit. I might try this technique on the days where I am not so happy. I bet it will help snap me out of it. There is truth that your eyes are the gate to your mind. What you see through your "eye gates" can truly affect your mind. This week I chose to see the blessings and I hope you will take some time to see yours too!
Next Week's Challenge: Do one silly thing with my kids before bed.
After all, being silly is the best medicine!