Wednesday, November 24, 2010

I guess I'm grateful . . .

. . . I mean, I really should be grateful for oh, so many things.  My family, my home, our excellent crop year, my church, my easy, peasy life!  Why don't I count my blessings every day rather than fret and stew over the things I can't control?  Why do I let hurtful comments or perceived slights bother me for days on end?  Why don't I do something about MY faults, MY imperfections, MY attitude?  Why can't I go outside my comfort zone and meet new supportive friends, find exciting avenues for entertainment, offer my services for a worthy cause, be invitational?  I truly think that I am a supportive friend, mother, grandmother.  I've always been the cheerleader in the family.  Urging committment, tolerance, perseverance.  Why can't I have my very own cheerleader? 

I've just been thinking about things lately.  Deep thoughts (so unlike me!).  There are people, places and circumstances that need to be changed.  Even my blogging needs to be changed.  And it all will begin with me.  These new beginnings in my life won't come easy, or fast, and I won't get them right the first time.  And probably not even the second time.  But I see a light up ahead that will guide me in the right direction.

Now, before you worry that there are major secrets I'm keeping, please know that there are none.  It is just that I'm not happy with myself.  And I'm certainly not happy with the lackadaisical way I've been treating my own blog and my bloggy friends.  There are a few loyal-to-the-bone friends that shoot me a comment every time I post.  No matter the silly, unamusing or down-right boring content of the post.

So, what am I truly grateful for this Thanksgiving?  My family, my home, our excellent crop year, my church, MY BLOGGING BUDDIES, my easy-peasy life!  I'm grateful that I can be a good listener to those that are going through really rough times.  I'm grateful that I can see through the gloom and scary parts of the world to find that compassion and dedication to make things better are still out there.  I'm grateful that little touches of kindness are meant to be shared.  I'm grateful that happiness can be a state of mind, no matter the situation.  I'm grateful that you let me ramble today so that I can write down my thoughts and feelings freely, without judgement.  I'll be reading this post periodically to remind me of my goals.  I'm grateful that so many of you are willing to share your thoughts, your families, your homes, your talents with me.  Inspiration is abundant here in cyperspace!

I'm wishing you all a blessed Thanksgiving!  I hope your turkey thaws in time to roast, your green bean casserole doesn't bubble over, your yams have plenty of marshmellows, your whipped cream sets up for the pumpkin pie and that your pants have an elastic waist!  I hope you are spending the day with family and friends that are grateful to have you in their lives.  I hope you are happy! 

Blessings - I got a million of them!  Happy Thanksgiving my lovelies!  


JoAnne said...

Happy Thanksgiving dear sweet and sassy Connie. You and your blog are a joy!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

I am thankful to have found you, my friend. It's the quality not quantity of words that are important. You make me laugh, you brighten my day & most of all you make me think. Happy Thanksgiving!

Joanna said...

Good luck on this personal journey you're embarking on!

Happy Thanksgiving to you too.


hiyaluv said...

connie! what a fabulous, heartfelt and honest post. I really appreciate the reflection and it makes me remember that I need to take time to reflect more often. I am so busy with the day to day and my job that I rarely take time to sit down and write out heartfelt posts like this. I think it would be therapeutic for me to do so.
Happy Thanksgiving luv,

Linda said...

I appreciate this post so much...lately I have been feeling like I have been complaining and I need to take on a spirit of gratitude! You've been a great blog friend, Connie! Your post spoke to me! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! XO

The French Bear said...

Aww, Connie, you are such a treasure....have a happy thanksgiving holiday and enjoy all the wonderful memories it brings forth!!!!!
Margaret B

Susanne said...

What a sweet post! Thank you for reminding us all to count our many blessings.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours,

My Blessed Serendipity Life said...

Hi Connie,
The name of your blog "She Dreams Big" says a lot about you. Hopefully you are still dreaming big and you deserve to. I'm hoping that all your dreams come true. Happy Thanksgiving.


Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Hello Connie,
what a beautiful post! Hope all is well.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Honey you ask why! Well your only human and there is only so much you can do. But the short while I have been lucky to know you I have certainly enjoyed my visits with you.
I love having you as a blogging buddy.
Maybe thats why I put on the skirt I did today because of the waistband. lol

vintagesusie & wings said...

I LOVE this post friend...LOVE IT!!! You & your sense of humor are a blessing to me, plus who can make me laugh & make me a Magic Camera Strap at the same time...only you sweetie, only you!
You are magical & wonderous & superb just the way you are...if you want to change & are changing for you, that's cool.
But don't change for any one us cuz I think you're PERFECT!
{Well except for the fact you don't like pie...that's just un-American! LOL...even that's ok cuz I'll eat yours}
Hugs & a smile & yes, I did where an elastic waistband on Thanksgiving...more roomfor pie!
Smiles & Hug,