In my last post, I wrote about how acknowledging and talking about our hard things can make those hard things easier. I believe this. I also talked about accepting what is. I really believe this. But I also believe in seeking after and acknowledging our happy things, because if we don’t, I’ve found that it’s easy to miss them completely. I’ve never forgotten advice I heard years ago: joy does not precede gratitude – gratitude precedes joy. With that in mind, I’ve decided to find one specific thing I’m grateful for each day, and compose a weekly list.
My happy list:
Monday date nights in Provo
Experiencing an early morning feeling refreshed enough to get out of bed and make smoothies (This only happened because I fell asleep before 9PM the night before)
A husband that drives all the way from SLC to Provo to pick me up, just so I don’t have to commute home alone
A friend who perfectly understands the experience of infertility
Three amazing students who showed up to class for Friday’s peer review and made my job worthwhile. It was such a good hour. I kept thinking, “I really love my job.”
Yard work. It’s weird – I know, but I love weeding, watering, and landscaping. Saturday was the first time I’ve spent the day in the yard this year.
Sunday naps and coke