I was out in the middle of hustle and bustle today. The stores are a mess with shoppers everywhere. I'm a people watcher so as I shopped, I came to a few conclusions. One - There are a whole lot of stressed out people trying to get ready for the holidays. I saw a few couples snapping at each other and even some kids smarting back to their parents. I learned something from this though. I have the choice to find thankfulness and joy in my day or to allow the crankpots and crowds and traffic move me to being in a bad mood. I chose to smile my way through the maze of people. I even browsed in the toy aisle like a kid for a bit. (I reminisced over what it felt like to look through the Sears Wish Book). I hummed and sang to myself (softly) and allowed someone to go in front of me that didn't have as many groceries as I did. I told her, "Go ahead, I'm in no rush." I really wasn't.
Too many people are rushing along, some of them practically dragging their little ones. They don't realize that their little ones legs are way shorter than theirs and they aren't rushing, they are taking in the smells, the sights and the sounds of life.
I am finding thankfulness like a child again. I'm thankful for my three dogs who snore softly at my feetand for chocolate chip cookies and caramel apples. I'm thankful for the flowers that are still blooming in my area and the warm weather and the sunshine. I'm thankful for my Boo and my family...my joy is unspeakable when I think of them and have moments to share with them. Most of all, I am very thankful for friends, far away and close by. The support and laughter and encouragement is more than I've hoped or asked for but I'm blessed beyond measure.
What are you thankful for?