I’m keeping things short and simple this week. I’ve looked back through my gratitude journal, and I’m highlighting things that are important to me.
- I am grateful for the concerts available at my local university. I was able to listen to a world-class pianist FOR FREE. It was a beautiful evening out with my fiance and some friends, and the fire of being a better musician was rekindled.
- I am grateful for the blessings available through service in the temple. While I serve someone who has passed into the next life, I am also able to receive for myself. Sometimes, I feel selfish, because I often go for me. Even so, I receive added insight into Heavenly Father’s plan for me, and strength to rise above my temporal circumstances to see the eternal. I love going to the temple!
- I am thankful for my mom. As she continues to age, I wonder how much longer I will have with her. Even so, I am who I am because of her influence for good in my life. She made sacrifices that boggle my mind to give each of her kids the best start in life possible. I want my life to be an homage to her great work.
- I am grateful that I have the opportunity to see the Holy Spirit at work changing lives. I am humbled as I see the greatness and divinity of the people around me expressed in so many ways each day, and I am thankful that I get to be a part of Heavenly Father’s plan for these, my sisters.
- I am grateful for a fiance who is talented and determined. I’d be so lost without him (and cold — he was able to troubleshoot getting my pilot light going this week)!
- I am grateful for the gift of personal insight. While I still need feedback from trusted friends, I am grateful that I am able to take their insights and mix it with my own insights — I actually have the opportunity to rise beyond who I was and heal the parts of me that are broken.
- I am grateful for the example of a friend who, after all we’ve been through, could easily have become my enemy. Instead, she’s one of my biggest cheerleaders and a tremendous example to me of the power of love.
- I’m grateful for the blessings that come from paying tithing. I can’t make the numbers work on my budget sheet, but I rest assured that I will always have the things that I need — I’ve seen the blessings flow before, and I’m seeing them flow now.
- I am grateful for the gift of running. It’s a precious time where I can leave behind all of the little pressures and worries. I pump uplifting songs and messages into my brain, and I just exist. I have received so much peace and inspiration from Heavenly Father on my runs. I have been able to overcome my tendency to hold onto stress and have it pile up — somehow, running makes me shed all of that tension. I’m sure it helps that I have some beautiful areas for running — places that remind me of the Sacred Grove.
Well, it’s a very random list, but it feels good to acknowledge all that is right in my life. Like I said last week — there is no blessing so small that gratitude cannot make it feel like a miracle. It’s good to focus on mine.