Last week we all celebrated Thanksgiving and hopefully you spent some time thinking of what you are grateful for. I had a moment this morning that I wanted to share with you regarding being grateful. I was cleaning up some papers and had some items to put into our “drawer” (you know, the one with the important papers that need to be filed drawer!). I had been kind of having a pity party in my mind this morning- I enjoyed having our family at our home for Thanksgiving but my house is a mess, my kids are off their schedule so they are grumpy, and I am on people overload! I had been complaining (in my head, of course) all morning about how tired I was, how I didn’t want to go to the grocery store, how tired I was of picking up toys and scrubbing walls that were scribbled on. Blah blah blah. Feeling nothing but sorry for myself. When I opened that drawer, I saw an envelope and opened it. It was the ultrasound pictures from our middle son, now two and a half years old. Those pictures took me right back to that day…….
My husband and I were SO nervous as we went to the Dr. I was only about 7-8 weeks pregnant. The last time we had made this Dr. trip at 6-8 weeks with a previous pregnancy, I miscarried. I remember thinking on this day of the ultrasound, “If this baby will make it I will never complain about being tired, not having enough time for myself, or being woke in the middle of the night!”. I know that wasn’t logical thinking but I just wanted this baby SO bad! Obviously, everything worked out, thankfully. I looked at those pictures today and saw his tiny little feet, hands, and arms. Arms that now hug us and hands that color on the walls! His little mouth that now says “I love you” and “NOOO”! I became suddenly grateful for the mess I GET to clean up this morning. I am grateful I am tired- that means I have children to wear me out! I am thankful I need to go to the grocery this am- I have mouths to feed and money to feed them. That moment, seeing those pictures, changed my thinking today.
I wonder how many things we take for granted in a day. We aren’t thankful for a warm shower until we run out of hot water. We aren’t thankful for a glass of water until we don’t have any water to drink. We complain about our job when so many are out of work. When we are out of work we would do anything to have that job back that we hated. We have so much. I know I fall into this every day. But not today….. today I am grateful. So grateful for so much. What do you have that you don’t realize? What are you grateful for?? Embrace what you have today!
Thank you for reading and have a GRATEFUL day!
*Natalie Chandler, MA, LMHC is a therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Natalie enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, and couples counseling. We also specialize in family counseling, child, and adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Westfield, and Zionsville.