Growing up, my dad used to say, “take some time to smell the roses.” As a teenager, I would roll my eyes and flip my hair. I’m sure my response was something like, “Dad, I do take time to do this. Duh!” As an adult, these words no longer make me roll my eyes; instead, the words open my eyes to the beauty in our world.
Here I offer my gratitude for my day-to-day, my journey, and the big, beautiful world that I see each day.
- The birds that enjoy seeds from my single bird feeder on my deck.
- My son, who makes a heart out of his fingers and says to me, “Mom, guess who I love?” (me, of course)
- My daughter who flits and flutters around a room full of people, making jokes and having conversations about letters and her Christmas wish list.
- The mountains – that offer stability and a constant reminder that we are surrounded by beauty, by hope, and by something greater than the self.
- The construction workers outside my new condo unit. As loud as their hammers may be, they did, indeed build my home and I love it.
- My career in education. The teens and teachers I work with each day bring me joy, fill me up, and remind me the great work that is still ahead of me.
- My coffee. Need I say more?
- The Christmas lights that are decked on houses and fences and tress (before Thanksgiving).
- The seat warmer in my car on hot on a chilly, ice-cold morning.
- The incredible variety and array of options in the grocery store for gluten- and dairy-free eaters.
- My grandmother, Gran, who showed me grace in all things and that life is about learning.
- The good morning kisses and cuddles from two special children.
- My family – because they do so much and they don’t even know it. My mom, in particular, because she continues to model love, compassion, joy, “just-being,” and motherhood.
- My boyfriend, who offers patience and a warm heart when the days feel like an intermittent hail-storm with pockets of sleet.
- Every experience in my life (both gray and pink) that helped me become the woman I am today.
- My friends, though spread across 8 different states, are some of my small heart thumps and laugh-out-loud joy.
- My learning about motherhood.
- And, of course, the roses, or sometimes the lilies, that I take time to smell. This is my reminder that the small things are really the big tickets for a joy-filled life.
Yes, I am grateful. What is your gratitude?