Whew -my busy season is officially over (except for the few custom jewelry orders that I will be making before Christmas). So, as this year comes to an end I find myself reflecting on the many things that I have to be grateful for.
This past weekend was my last show creative jewelry show of the year. While it was successful monetarily, it was more successful for me – emotionally. The craft show was held at a local Catholic church. I was raised Catholic, but do not practice my faith in church (although I do usually attend on the BIG holidays). And, being around people of faith in the church atmosphere reminds me that there is still a kind, gentle and thoughtful sense of community in houses of the Lord, regardless of what religion one is . But this blog is not about religion – it is about being grateful. So, here is my partial list, as the full list would go on for too many pages.
I am grateful for all the things I am given by God.
I am grateful for the trials that I have endured and conquered.
I am grateful for the large and small successes of my husband with his health struggles, getting stronger most days, and not on many days.
I am grateful to be able to give of my time and talents to those in need. And while I give freely and unconditionally, I unashamedly DO receive emotional happiness in helping others. I see this as a win-win.
I am grateful to have been able to share my life with those close to me who have passed this year: my oldest brother, my nephew’s lovely wife, and my dear cat of 20 years.
I am grateful for every day I wake up and can get out of bed with ease.
While life may be challenging at times, I will always keep gratitude close to my heart.