Can I be honest about something? Okay, here goes.. I’m a complainer. I wish I wasn’t and I’m constantly trying to stop, but I’m a complainer.
I think it comes from being a very emotional being. I tend to feel emotions on a grander scale than some and one of the ways I cope with that is to vocalize what I’m feeling. Often.
So whether I’m hot or tired or have a headache, I vocalize it. If someone just cut me off, I complain about bad drivers. Don’t even get me started on those who lack respect for other people’s time. Seriously, you don’t want to get me started on that..
But here’s the thing, I’m also a grateful person. I thank God continuously throughout the day for my friends, for laughter, for this ministry that I get to be a part of. I thank Him when I find a good parking spot or get the perfect picture.
I also try to say thank you to others as many times a day as I can. Whether I’m thanking Ya for cooking me dinner, the security guard for letting me into my neighborhood or the person who let me merge into their lane, I try to vocalize it as much as possible. It keeps me balanced.
Recently though, I found myself in a rut. I realized that I was seeing the negative side of life a lot more than the positive side. And as someone who has struggled with pretty bad depression in the past, I can see the signs pretty boldly.
So in an effort to spend less time complaining and more time being thankful, I’ve started writing down the things I’m thankful for. It’s made a difference and I wanted to share some of the things I’ve written down.
- camp fires
- thunder that rolls
- cool nights following really hot days
- my little sister, Tamara
- hot showers, especially after village trips
- compliments that feel really genuine
- the camera on my iPhone
- feeling home
- my dogs: Gracie, Shadowfax, Isaac, Max, Joey
- Aon, Ya, P’Dtun
- God’s Word and the ability to compare different versions
- my truck, Suzy
- air conditioning
- language translation mishaps that make me laugh
- rain on a tin roof
- familiar songs
- my parents
- care packages
- the Internet
The list goes on and I am going to keep adding to it until I reach at least 500, at least. You should try it too, because who doesn’t want to celebrate Thanksgiving all year long? 🙂