Friday…Yes! For anyone who believes our new work-at-home life is relaxed and laid back…think again. It has been a week of chaos, adjustments, changes, and long hours at my desk. But there is one main thing getting me through and I want to challenge you to develop it with a special project below.
I want to thank each of you for the encouragement you bring to me. It is a joy to have a conversation with you every day! You are each one a blessing!
I wanted to be able to write today that I have nailed this transition. However, it is a work in progress. The biggest adjustment has been the work projects due at all different hours of the day. I have no consistent time right now that I can work out and I am feeling it. I need to get a handle on this. The gym is shut down, so it has to be here at home. I have done a little, but I really want to discover how to get back to a consistent time. I am not overeating…I am too busy for that! But, I am very legalistic about schedules and this whole experience is teaching me the importance of being flexible…or as my boss says, nimble. We will see if I do better next week.
A Change in Attitude
I wrote this week that the people who would do best in this current situation are the patient, optimistic, flexible, creative, hopeful and grateful ones. Out of that list, I believe gratitude is the most important.
When I took my neighborhood walk on Monday, I was a little grumbly…missing my gym, my treadmill, my gym friends…whine, whine, whine. So, I decided to do a “grateful” walk on Wednesday. With an attitude of gratitude, I had a fun and much different experience.
This time I smiled and greeted neighbors I have not seen in a long time…I heard birds singing…I saw the bluebonnets (a flower I love so much)….and budding trees. I felt the springtime breezes. It was an amazing walk. Sadly, I have been too busy at work to get back out there, but I will again soon. Walking with gratitude in mind made such a difference that I enjoyed an look forward to again.
It really is amazing how powerful thankfulness is. We are living during something we have never lived through before and all predictions say it will change our lives for a long, long time. When I don’t think about that and choose to think about my faith, all of the wonderful people and opportunities in my life, then my day turns around. Work is intense right now…but I am so thankful to have work. My schedule has been upended…but I am thankful to live in a place where I can walk and have a room where I can work out. My allergies are bothersome…but they are seasonal allergies and not the serious virus gripping our world. I’ve gone a long stretch without seeing family members other than my husband…but we can Facetime! There is always something to be thankful for and it truly does make the day brighter and lighter.
Favorite Gratitude Quotes
There are hundreds of quotes about the power of thankfulness. Here are a few of my favorites:
“Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.” – Alphonse Karr
“Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul” – Henry Ward Beecher
“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” —Robert Brault
“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” William Arthur Ward
“None is more impoverished than the one who has no gratitude. Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy.” – Fred De Witt Van Amburg
Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for. Zig Ziglar
“In ordinary life, we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer
“Gratitude is when memory is stored in the heart and not in the mind.” – Lionel Hampton
“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” – Cynthia Ozick
So, let’s choose together to end the week finding at least three things we can be grateful for…write them down and smile. During the time of this pandemic, I challenge you to write three things you are most thankful for each day and do it every night,
Now here is something to be happy about…lots of retailers are running big spring sales. I have put together a slideshow with only items on sale. Maybe you will find something fun there.
Remember tomorrow is Would You Wear It with me and my friend, Jennifer! Hope to see you bright and early. Until then, make sure you…stay home…stay safe…and
Hug with your smile!
KEEP SMILING AND HUGGING
By Pamela Lutrell