I admitted before that I am a sucker for goodbyes. As I was turning on the TV so that my daughter could watch Cyberchase before heading off to school, it was tuned to NBC. Today is Katie Couric's last day on the Today show. It was the top of the hour when I turned on the TV, and Katie was saying a few words of goodbye, so I had to pause and listen. She began by quoting that "feeling gratitude and not expressing it is the same as wrapping up a gift and not giving it." I've always felt very thankful for what God has given me, and I do try to express thanks to Him, but I wonder how much I've let others know about those things for which I truly am grateful.
I am thankful for
- my Lord, who called me to Himself, saved me, and is doing a great work in me.
- my husband, who supports me, pushes me to do better, and likes me. He has given me the security of his unfailing love, and his financial provision and good sense.
- my daughter, for keeping alive the girl in me and doing things that I never dared to do. She also pushes me to do better, especially since I know she's watching.
- my son, who himself is a gift I thought I might never have, and his sweet smile and hugs and kisses that he gives me throughout the day. He keeps me on my toes and reminds me that as a Mom, I am never on vacation from my responsibilities.
- all my friends--the ones who I experienced high school with, those who helped me decide who I wanted to be in college, those with whom I laughed through my young twenties, those who showed me by their example how to be a mom (and the new ones who are still showing me), ones who I needed for a season, and those who are are still around (or back!). Some fill many roles and others might fit in a certain slot perfectly, but it is my friends who motivate me, inspire me, make me laugh, let me cry, remind me of who I was, and remind me of how far I've come and how far I have to go. I have never lacked a friend who I could call when I needed a laugh, wanted to reminisce, to vent, or ask for advice or a favor.
- for my financial security--I've never lacked a safe home, a safe car, food for my stomach and clothes for my back.
- this beautiful place that I've come to live.
- extended family, those who raised me and supported me my whole life, and those who accepted me and loved me when I joined the family by marriage.
- hobbies and interests that I have the time and ability to enjoy and cultivate: reading, writing, cooking, hiking, and travel.
I know that there are many more little things and probably some big ones, too, but if I'm going to the trouble of wrapping a gift and carrying it around, then I guess it should be unwrapped.