November is the month where people share what they are grateful for. So many times we feel like if we had more, or if we only had this we would be more grateful. To me, gratitude should be more than about stuff. But sometimes the things that you have to make you grateful. I’m very grateful for my husband. Through my unemployment and finding a job and losing that job, he has been a source of encouragement for me. He hasn’t made me feel bad about not having a job. He has actually helped me with being a better me. He bought me a book that has helped me with my healing and learning to let go of my past. He has made it clear that a job doesn’t define me as a person. When I have been at my lowest and most stressed out he has been there to lift me up. I love that no matter what he is there. I’m very grateful to him. Through this pandemic, so many people have divorced and separated, but we have gotten closer. Marriage is not a bed of roses but it can be beautiful if you have someone who is willing to be there for you through it all.
As you all know I love to journal daily if possible. But while reading this book that I will review soon I promise. I noticed that I don’t write my gratitude in this journal. I write my prayers but I won’t mention what I’m grateful for. I mean I remember doing it a while back but never kept it up. So I started all over again about being grateful. I noticed that when I wrote what I’m grateful for it made me feel good. I’m not talking about just material things I’m talking about health, love, friends, and family. I didn’t realize how much that I have to be grateful for and how much I took this for granted. It felt so refreshing to not even have to think about what you’re grateful for. So for all those who journal or maybe not journal do you write what you’re grateful for?
I want to continue with my grateful message. If any of you are married or have been married. Then you know how hard it can be. My first five years of marriage was a true struggle for me. We had times where we just couldn’t get it right no matter how hard we tried. But we didn’t give up on each other. We got to a place where we both communicated so differently. Once we got into a marriage group and then started doing the hard work on one another we got better. No, we are not perfect but our marriage is better than ever. I’m grateful for my husband never giving up on me and this marriage. I’m grateful for him being the provider while I got laid off work. I’m grateful during this season of 2020 we are still in love and enjoy spending time with one another. There are so many people I know who are currently going through a divorce. It’s sad because you don’t know what people are going through in their marriage no matter how well you know them. Even if your marriage isn’t going as well as you would like if you and your spouse are still trying to make it work then that’s a reason to be grateful. I count my blessings daily when it comes to my husband. I’m grateful for him and his friendship.
There is so much going on right now to get us down and make us mad. Some things make us question different things about this year. But one thing that I’m seeing is how grateful people are at this time. I’m just going to say this, even though things are bad you are getting through it. Even though you may not be able to travel your safe. You may not be able to see your family for the holidays but they are alive. You might not be able to go into the office but you have a job. Your children may not be able to go to school but they are still learning. You may not be able to go to the movies but you have shows you have recorded that you can watch. You may not be able to do all the things that you use to do but you are alive. Why do we always focus on the bad? How about this week you make a list of the things and people you are grateful for.
There are so many things to be thankful for this year. But this month maybe we need to count our blessings even more. There has been so much love and hate regarding the next President of the United States. But to be honest we can’t seem to get along with the people we live with, work with, and have as neighbors. We are so worried about someone we probably won’t even meet in real life. We know that people say whatever they want to say to get elected right, so why is this any different. If you survived the last four years you will survive these next four years. But let’s talk about being grateful. I’m very grateful that God woke me up this morning, that we have a roof over our heads, food to eat. Yes, things are not all rainbows and sunshine in my house. But I’m grateful for my husband and kids. Can we give love to others who need it the most? If you haven’t talked to someone that you care about in years then give them a call. If you feel like life isn’t worth living trust me it is worth living. It might be rough right now but it won’t stay that way. Not because of the President but because of God. Trouble don’t last always. We have all had it rough this year, whether you have lost your job like me or your working from home as my husband. It hasn’t been my ideal year but I’m grateful for the growth and to know that I can overcome a lot of things. I have found joy in the small things. I have learned to truly cherish most is my time. My marriage has improved. I know that there are so many things to get down about. What about the joy and gratitude that you have? Let’s focus more on what we can change and do than on what others may or may not be able to do. I hope you have a great day.