Today I had a hard time coming up with my gratitude list. Sometimes I think my items are too simple, too much of a given, to mention. But that’s not how it works. Goodness is present in the simplest of things, especially the things we take for granted.
This is the season for shopping and acquiring new things. In Prepare Your Heart for a Great Christmas we read:
We have to be careful when it comes to new things. If we’re down, new stuff can cheer us up, but only temporarily. New things are fun, but let’s not trust in stuff to solve our problems.
The real transformation comes when we can view what we already have with new eyes: to see the inherent goodness in the people and circumstances of our lives, and to take that as the starting point for our world view.
So, today I’m doing some simple things, but maybe they’re not so simple after all. The items on my gratitude list sustain me and give me joy–and isn’t that worth living for?
On my list today:
The love of my husband, my beautiful girls, my work.