This year one of my New Year’s Resolutions was to be more grateful. However, I have not done very well. I have been suffering from selfishness. In my mind, selfishness is one of the opposites of gratitude. I feel that if I am busy about thinking about myself only, thus being selfish, there is no room for me to be grateful. This morning I was trying to think of things that I am grateful for, and all I could think about was how rough I have it.  "Rough?  Really, Emily, you are ridiculous", I had to say to myself. I am amazingly blessed. I have a lot to be grateful for.  I just need to recognize what I am grateful for.  Here are five things I came up with.
  1. I am grateful that we have family coming to visit us. This week my parents are coming, the week after that, Ben's dad and his wife Lani are coming. In July my sister and her family are visiting, and then sometime in the fall, Ben's brother and his family are coming to visit us. Yippee for visitors.
  2. I am grateful for Thomas. He is so funny, and loves to laugh. It is so wonderful to watch him laugh at almost everything, but mostly at his brother. SO CUTE.
  3. I am grateful for Jack. He is just full of character. He loves getting his way, and when he does, he will stop at nothing to make sure that everyone around him is just as happy as he is. It is adorable.
  4. I am grateful that I can stay at home with Thomas and Jack. There are so many things I love about it, I don't have to have an alarm clock and I get to watch them discover the world. I sincerely love staying at home with them, and would not want it any other way.
  5. I am grateful for my amazing husband. I would rather hang out with him more than anyone in the entire world. We have so much fun together, and I feel so incredibly lucky to have him.

I really do need to work on being more grateful and less selfish. I think that will help me think my life is a little less mundane and a little more magnificent.


A Daring Adventure said...

Your life is very magnificent!

And I think you are a VERY grateful person. Yes, in day-to-day life. I think you always have that mindful tone. So don't go thinkin' you're all Ms. Whiny Pants or anything, because you're SO NOT. Okay?


Lisonbee said...

Self evaluation is the greatest gift we can give ourselves. Learning how to see the cup half full and not half empty is a feat we are all trying to conquer. Keep smiling and suddenly you will look around and the world you are in will be as bright as you let it be! (we could all learn from Jack a little and his ability and desire to make everyone around him happy when he is happy!)

love you!

Jill said...

I think we're all a little selfish, though in small doses there's nothing wrong with it.

What a sweet reminder to take time and enjoy what's around you. Your boys are just adorable - you should be proud of everything about them!

Janalu said...

Im greatful you leave comments on my blog, it makes me feel important! ( Like someone actually cares about all the boring mundane thing I post about:))

fsowannabe said...

Thanks so much for this post - it's hard not to focus on all the negatives life throws at you, so it's refreshing to read about appreciating all the good things that we take for granted. Domo!