In 2013, I signed up to become a
Gratitude Partner of another member of Arkansas Women Bloggers, and Jacqueline Wolven paired
me with a young woman who’s probably younger than my children. Since then, nearly every day
for the past 14 months, Rachel Hough and I have emailed each other a list of three
things for which we feel thankful. In the process, we’ve learned a lot about
one another's lives. This September when we met in person at the AWB conference, we cemented our friendship.
Identifying and sharing my gratitude list almost every day for over a year (occasionally we miss) has helped me become
more aware of both the large and small blessings in life.
That mind-set helped me
get through a particularly annoying day this week.
Best Laid Plans & All That
Wednesday, I was happy to see the
rain. I’d stay home, catch up on laundry and write. The list I emailed Rachel reflected those plans.
Today I am thankful for:
1. The rain.
2. Being able to stay home and write.
3. The Word Press class I’ll be taking tonight.
|Then the mop broke, |
adding insult to injury
However, my day took a challenging turn when
I splashed across the laundry room to put the first load of clothes in the dryer.
After a little investigation involving more water, we realized the washer’s tub
was leaking. Get the mop and bucket.
With great effort, I made a new list in my mind as I
traded my soft at-home garb for jeans, a red shirt (to cheer me) and put on my
James Avery Fruit of the Spirit
bracelet (with the words turned toward me because I was going to need the
and I headed out. A little rain never
|Joy, Peace, Longsuffering|
I was grateful that:
The other four loads I had sorted into piles on the floor soaked up some of the
water and kept it from going into the breakfast room.
Terry was home.
The problem was easily identified.
We could afford to buy a new washer.
First Things First
After scarfing down an awesome hamburger at
David’s Burgers, we hit Lowe’s. Let me tell you, there are some handsome washers
and dryers available these days. After much discussion, we settled on an LG front-loaders.
I didn't know at the time that
LG stands for my motto, Life's Good
Yes, they were both in stock and we
could take the washer with us, and they’d deliver the dryer Friday. That is, we
could take the washer with us if we
could wait an hour while they retrieved it from the middle of a sea of
appliances back in the warehouse.
Hmmm. Deliver it Friday with the dryer.
Just Do It
worked on my attitude as we drove home in the rain. |
There were too many loads of laundry to
impose upon neighbors (we have good ones on both sides of us), not to mention going back and forth in the rain. Simpler
to visit FunWash again, especially now that I knew the ropes—sort of.
Once home, Terry helped me load the
clothes into the trunk and off I went. After trading a Twenty for Quarters and Tokens and starting four washers, I finally got down to writing.
But the topic
I was grateful for:
Knowing how to use the change machine.
The four empty washers in a row.
The place being cleaner than last time.
A new friend, Kim, who was tall enough to help retrieve my clothes out of the
top dryer after I accidentally put my money in the wrong slot. (I traded her my leftover tokens for real dollars. She also took my card.)
The rain had slacked up when Kim and I carried my clothes to the car.
By the time I started home, the rain had turned to mist.
Once home, I decided to call the group sponsoring the Word Press class to double check the location.
the second time, the class had been cancelled
due to low enrollment. “She” (not the person I was talking with) had emailed me
and I had told her to give me a credit.
effort, I added to my list.
I was grateful for:
Thinking to call.
Not having to get out in the fog and rain.
As I write this today, the sun is
shining. My new washer and dryer have been delivered. Plus, I received an email notification that the fee for that class had
been credited back to my Visa.
And I am grateful.
What about you. What are you grateful for today?
No matter what happens, always be thankful,
is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
I Thess. 5:18
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