7.08.2011

Five Minute Friday: Grateful

Alright...so I have been on the sidelines for a few weeks.  A friend of mine (who writes a very inspiring and informative blog, I might add) starting participating in "five minute Fridays" on her blog.  She is linking up with The Gypsy Mama, and now I am too.  The theme this week really struck a chord with me, so I decided to jump in.  

The rules? 
1. Write for 5 minutes flat with no editing, tweaking or self critiquing.
2. Link back to The Gypsy Mama and invite others to join in 
3. Go and tell the person who linked up before you what their words meant to you. Every writer longs to feel heard.

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Grateful.  Gratefulness.  Such an important part of life. 
Without gratefulness, for me, it would be hard to figure out what is really important in life. Daily gratitude helps me to stay positive.  When I forget to focus on the good things on my life, and truly feel grateful for them, my days get long and I get negative. 
It would seem pretty obvious, I think, all things I have to be grateful for.  A wonderful husband.  Two beautiful children.  An awesome family.  The best friends a girl could ask for. 

Then there is having an opportunity of a lifetime.  To be in another country for a few years.  This is a hard one for me.  I am truly grateful for it, but need to take fuller advantage of it.  I find myself wishing and hoping to be somewhere else, when I need to be grateful for the time we have here.  And make sure that my children know that I am grateful for them.  

To me, being grateful is truly living in the moment and appreciating daily life.  Being grateful for the small things.  And the big things.  Even being grateful for some things that might make you mad (or crazy!).  Because without those things in your life, would there be a life?  

So today, I will be grateful for rude people in the grocery store.

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11 comments:

thejoyproject40 said...

What a sweet post. Amen to being grateful for the small things, big things and even the things that make us mad and crazy! What an adventure you must be having in the Netherlands.
lisa

Eileen said...

Oh, now there's a challenge...the rude people in the grocery store! What a great opportunity to live in another country for awhile. Enjoy your journey. Visiting you from Five Minute Friday :)

Jen said...

You are right -- we need those things in life that make us a bit irked so we can appreciate the goodness that IS out there!

Stacie said...

grateful for ALL of it... so hard and yet so true! :)

Tracey Davis said...

WAY TO GO JEN! LOVE IT! AND THANKS FOR THE SHOUT-OUT.

Jen said...

@thejoyproject40
Lisa, thanks for commenting...it sure is an adventure living here in the Netherlands. Seems key to be grateful for the things that make us mad and crazy, right?

Jen said...

@Eileen
Hi Eileen! thanks for your comment. Yes the rude people in the grocery store--definitely a challenge, especially when they are speaking a different language! I once had a man yelling at me and my son...I think. Not sure though, because I don't know what he said. Grateful for that sometimes. :-)

Jen said...

@JenSo, so true. Especially because there IS such much goodness out there!

Jen said...

@Stacie Thanks for your comment Stacie..yes, can be hard. But I am so glad I am able to remind myself to work on it.

Jen said...

@Tracey Davis Thanks lady! You inspired me!! :-)

Jennifer said...

You're so right--it's a choice to be grateful and to remember. I definitely need to work on gratefulness every day.

I've been looking at the pictures of your new home--what a neat opportunity for you and your children to live in another country! I hope the challenges become more like fun adventures for you in this time of your life! :)

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