For June 2012, I am making a conscience effort to put-off complaining and put-on thankfulness. Join me as I cultivate a heart of gratitude.
Today is day 1 of Joyful June: 30 Days of Gratitude without Complaining and I’m fortunate that I usually don’t leave the house on Fridays. I don’t have to deal with traffic, with mean store employees, or with other people who are more than likely just taking their bad day out on those around them (unintentionally, of course). A typical Friday is just me and the kids at home, doing laundry, playing trains or baking something yummy. Not that the kids can’t be mean or grumpy, but it just reduces the availability to complain…
Or does it enhance it?
I found myself complaining in my head this morning when my contact didn’t fit so well in my eye. I quickly nipped that in the bud and pulled out a pair of contacts, telling myself to be thankful to have eyes that can see and to have contacts to correct my vision.
A good friend of mine asked me to watch her son for a couple hours today. This is the same friend who I complained to a couple weeks ago, so when she asked me how I was doing, I made it an extra point not to complain. While our conversation was much too short (can a good conversation every be too long?), I am thankful for the few minutes we were able to talk.
We’re having some issues with our mattress… I’ve been waking up with back pain and you can feel the severe depression on my side of the bed. Strangely, it’s only on my side and I’m 30lbs lighter than my husband! Despite the current issues (and the issues that will arise as we try to remedy the situation), I’m very thankful to have a mattress to sleep on at all. I know that this is a huge luxury for some people, that just having a place of their own to sleep is a big deal. I’m thankful that God has more than provided for our sleeping needs.
I’ve been baking bread all day and while it hasn’t been completely smooth sailing, I’m thankful for the smell of freshly baked bread that is floating through my house right now.
Today is Friday and that means homemade pizza. I am thankful for Fridays because of my family. The kids are relaxed, the husband is relaxed, and we get to fill our bellies with delicious homemade pizza. I’m thankful for the many Fridays that I’ve been graciously given.
Remember how I mentioned here that I surprised Mr. Crumbs with a weekend to San Francisco for his 30th birthday? Well that weekend has arrived and we leave tomorrow morning! With that said, I’ll be noting my (lack of) complaints and feeling of gratitude with old fashioned pen and paper this weekend and I’ll update you all Monday with our trip and my notes!