Wednesday, September 15, 2010

On Grumpiness and Gratitude

Third year in a row that Jay's benefits are being cut (higher employee contribution to medical insurance premiums, higher deductible and now co-insurance too) while at the same time wages are frozen. I can't help but wonder how much further backwards we can go... then I remember...

This was prompted by today's exercise in 30 Days to Living a Better Life in which we were asked to reflect on all of the things for which we are grateful.  In short order my list was 91 items long.

The highlights included:

My husband and three beautiful daughters, my best friends, extended family, my co-workers, my bloggy friends...

My home, my car, my computer, the Internet, my positive work environment, that I am able to work from home, that I make a decent wage, that I have health coverage...

Plenty to eat, Softlips cherry chapstick, Crest Pro-Health toothpaste, contact lenses, my camera, Photoshop Elements, great online classes and challenges, DARK CHOCOLATE...

the Ocean, the Sunrise, the Sunset, green grass, pretty flowers, baby doves hatching outside my bedroom window, music, art, good books and the people who write them...

Laughter, motivational quotes, scrapbooking, photography, quiet time to myself, learning something new every day.

What are YOU grateful for today???

12 comments:

Make My Day UK said...

lovely pages cheri!

I am grateful for my freedom which I'm sure you'll notice if you spot my blog post
http://libertycottage.blogspot.com

I'm logged in under my business account! kate :) X

scrappyjacky said...

Like you, Cheri, I'm grateful for so many things...and know I whinge far too much about the things I'm not grateful for!!!
As you might expect I'm mostly grateful for my grandaughter at the moment.

scrappyjacky said...

Cheri...in answer to your questions on Amy's blog....caster sugar is finer than ordinary sugar....temp would be about 350....and any yog will do....hope that helps.

Sian said...

Definitely grateful for a good dentist today :)

Every time there is a tightening of purse strings round here, I think about our first Christmas as a married couple when we were so poor I cut pictures out of catalogues to decorate the walls for Christmas. Then I laugh.

Sian said...

Definitely grateful for a good dentist today :)

Every time there is a tightening of purse strings round here, I think about our first Christmas as a married couple when we were so poor I cut pictures out of catalogues to decorate the walls for Christmas. Then I laugh.

Cheryl said...

I'm so glad I read this before work. I'm rather grumpy this morning, and it's these times when it's most important to remember what you're grateful for. Thank you for the timely reminder!

Cheryl said...

I'm so glad I read this before work. I'm rather grumpy this morning, and it's these times when it's most important to remember what you're grateful for. Thank you for the timely reminder!

Photographing Mom said...

Absolutely beautiful pages! We've fallen on hard times financially, too, but still have SO much to be thankful for. Thank *you* for the reminder!

scrapchick said...

Great outlook! Pretty pages!

I am grateful for alone time this morning. :)

debs14 said...

It's so easy to dwell on the negative things, but good to take time to realise that the positives by far outweigh them.
Lovely pages!

quiltingfool said...

Today I am most grateful that planes fly to Maui, and that tomorrow I will be on one. In the bigger picture though, I'm grateful that even though DH lost his job nearly a year ago, we've both been forced to retire earlier than we intended, and we have to sell our house and leave CA. to live in Texas, where we can afford to live, I'm grateful that we have that option. I'm grateful we bought a timeshare way back when, so we can still take trips when air fare goes on sale. I'm grateful for all those who love me no matter what I do, and I'm really hoping to be grateful for a successful surgery in two weeks that will restore my ability to walk more than half a block. I'm also very grateful when I wake up each morning and discover I'm still alive.

humel said...

Sorry to hear the first news, Cheri, but what a great way to turn it on its head xx

I'm grateful for blogs which make me laugh, smile, think and feel like I have friends all over the world :-) And always, always for my darling husband xx