You know how some people seem to lead a charmed life? You know, one wonderful thing after another happens to them. . . and the puzzle pieces of life just seem to fit together easily?
Well, that's not me! That's not to say I don't lead a pretty great life. . . because, I do. . . but it's not charmed. I work hard and make mistakes and come up against barriers all the time. I've had my share of adversity, stress and angst. Plenty of "character building" moments. Things generally work out. . . because I am persistent (some might say pig-headed), practical (in a common-sense kind of way), optimistic (which couples well with the persistent trait), and creative (when it comes to thinking things through). For some reason, I tend to make the most of what I have. And things, generally, work out.
Why is that?
I think it's because I have a strong foundation that keeps me grounded. Today, as I count my blessings, I'm especially thankful for the building blocks of my foundation.
Tom. My husband for 28 years, and best friend for longer. Love, support, comfort, and fun. That's us! (Besides. . . we share a "hive mind"!)
My kiddos. Oh, being a Mom has been a wonderful experience (especially now that we're out of middle school. . .). What a treat to watch my kids unfold before me! They keep me humble and make me laugh.copyright Jeff Mitchell - used with permission
My Mom and Dad. I had a happy childhood -- and it was because of my parents. Their constant love and support set the stage for the rest of my life. They always thought I hung the moon . . . even when all evidence pointed to "mediocre!" Unconditional love is a powerful force!
My sister. Although we fought like, well. . .sisters, when we were young, we've always been really great friends. She knows my heart!
My pup and constant companion, Jenny. Pets have always been part of my life. I can't imagine life without a wagging tail around me.
My friends. New and old; near and far; "real" and "virtual." My friends add color and texture to my life -- kind of like a garden.
My home. A place of refuge and comfort with plenty of room to live and laugh and dig. It's a nice place. . . to come home to!
My passions. Knitting and reading and gardening and cooking and photography. Being able to immerse myself in hobbies I love gives me a way to recharge and express myself.
Who needs a charmed life when you're grounded in a firm foundation? I'm thankful. . . that's it's been there all along!