I recently discovered a group of writers who virtually link-up each weekend to share ten things for which they’re grateful.
From bacon, garlic chives, and coffee, to bamboo chimes, chirping birds, and phone insurance, there’s a lot of gratitude going on in that space. It’s refreshing.
I’m not one who takes the time to ooh and ahhh over sunrises and sunsets on a regular basis, but I’m trying to change a few patterns lately. So I’m joining those gracious people today.
Although my goal with this blog, Carvings On A Desk, is to keep me writing the stories down, I’ll probably sneak in a listicle, from time to time, as I’m doing today.
♦I’m grateful for someone asking “how are you?” and really caring about the answer.
♦I’m grateful for the orthopedic inserts in my shoes.
♦ I’m grateful for early morning solitude while the others still sleep soundly.
♦I’m grateful for people who love and forgive despite mistakes I’ve made.
♦I’m grateful for a husband who gives me the space and encouragement I need to rediscover parts of me that’ve been lost.
♦I’m grateful for the photo of the sunset my son sent me last night during a trip “Up North” with a buddy.
♦I’m grateful for the smiles and laughs and feelings of inclusion I saw in the faces of my two daughters Saturday, as I drove them and friends home from a day of swimming and eating fried pickles and pasta at Old Chicago.
♦I’m grateful for those who live their lives with grace, courage, and humility, without posing or posturing.
♦I’m grateful for the warm sun on my face and wet sand and seaweed I felt briefly between my toes this week while wading into a small, Minnesota lake.
♦And last, but not at all least, I’m grateful for frozen pizza and the hundreds of nights-off it’s given me from figuring out what to feed my family for dinner, a task for which I’m not so grateful.
Julie Jo Severson is mom to a teen, tween, and pretween and emerging freelance writer with two desks. Click here to learn more about what’s inside this desk. Click here to view her other recent posts.