I stole today’s featured image off of the interwebs. Someone else made it and I took it without permission, but the message it sends was too good for me to pass up and I wanted to share it with everyone.
Thankful is an Understatement
If you’ve been following my blog posts, you may have surmised that I have been going through a difficult patch in my life. I will reiterate that this difficult patch was my own doing, but it is not because I am an awful person like some may believe. My actions were selfish and deplorable, but I have discovered that I have some mental health issues that need to be addressed. Misunderstandings and miscommunications built up over the years to create a terrible situation for my wife and I and it really came to a head quite recently. But there is a silver lining on this dark cloud. The silver lining is that I am wide awake now and I can see how my actions in the past have created the rain, but I can also see that my future is bright and full of sunshine.
I have mentioned this idea before, but sometimes one’s greatest achievements come out of their greatest failures. You are familiar with the term: “It’s always darkest before the dawn”, and I am here to tell you that I am at the dawn of a new day. Each day for the past week and a half, I have gone through – in my head – the things I am thankful for. I make a list in my mind and I think about them. Every since I have started this practice, I have felt a warmth of love and happiness that I cannot remember ever experiencing before.
Although I am not out of the woods just yet, I can see a clearing up ahead. Are you tired of my cliches? Yeah, me too – but they really articulate where I am right now.
I Am Mindful of the Good Things in My Life
So, I am mindful and thankful as all heck! I am thankful that I have a wonderful and loving wife and three caring and thoughtful children. My wife is a saint and knows me better than I know myself – she is my best friend and my soul mate. Our love was so freaking strong that we have come together closer than we have ever been. I love her so much and there is nothing in this world that I would not do to make her happy. My kids are also amazing. Each one of them is growing into their own personalities and I celebrate their diversity. Although they are all pretty close in age and have been together their entire lives, they have each branched out into their own things and I absolutely love seeing them grow. It would be totally fine with me if they slowed down a bit, though! I am thankful for my cat too! He gives me love everyday and doesn’t even know that I was a douche recently. I like him better after we cut his nails 🙂
I am thankful for the future me and the road I am on.
I am thankful for my good friends. They know who they are.
I am thankful for my skills in my various professions and that I am able to do so many things well enough to bring in money just when we need it. A good friend of mine went out on his own some years ago and he always said that God would provide and he had faith in that. Now, I am not a big God guy, but God or the Universe or some kind of greater good has always provided when we needed it. That freelance job I didn’t expect or something would always pop up. That makes me happy. I have been told in the past that I should just get any old job at anywhere and do what I had to do to pay the bills. Nah. I have talents that are better utilized performing the things I am good at, rather than stocking kitty litter on a grocery store shelf at midnight on a Wednesday.
I am thankful that I have peace of mind enough to be thankful. Some people don’t know how to be thankful and I really feel for them. It is a very sad life to live if you cannot see your own blessings, forgive those who truly deserve forgiveness and live life filled with joy.
I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving! I am so happy right now, I’m twins! 😉 ❤