It's been a rough few days at work and as a friend was talking with me this morning she said that since it's November and it's the "Thankful" month, she is writing everyday on her Facebook page one thing - just one thing - that she's thankful for. It can be big. It can be small. But it's helping her turn her mind around. She has a lot more going on in her life than I do and some of us handle stress better or differently than others. I don't handle it well. I'm learning enough about myself at this advanced age to understand why I don't handle it, but it doesn't take away from the fact I don't. So, in honor of MaryAnn, I'm going to try it. I'll backtrack to November 1 and think of one thing for each of the days and continue through November.
November 1: It's Charlie's birthday. He's seven years old and he's our first grandchild and we'll forever be grateful for him.
November 2: I am thankful my daughter took Elizabeth out of school at lunchtime so I could pick the girls up at lunchtime and take them home with me for the weekend. It prolonged our day Friday. We miss having them.
November 3: I'm thankful for naps. I took a long one when the girls went down. I am a napper. When I retire I plan on taking a 6 month nap.
November 4: I'm thankful for the peace. The girls went home. The house was very quiet.
November 5: This is hard. Monday. First day of Bookfair. First day of trying to juggle seventy-eleven things at school. I think I was most grateful -horrors to say- but I was grateful Patient Husband was out of town and I didn't have to do ANYTHING when I got home. I didn't have to talk. I didn't have to eat. I didn't have to do a thing. And I didn't. Of course, I could have done the same if he WAS home, except for the talking and eating part. So...I was thankful for the quiet.
November 6: The day of stress to the limit of not knowing if it was a panic attack or heart attack. So I'm thankful for the bookstore I went to for relief. I'm glad it was there, close enough to be able to drive there and spend 45 minutes decompressing.
November 7: Today! I am thankful the elections are over. I'm thankful our President was re-elected. I'm thankful the phone will stop ringing with pollsters or people trying to convince me to vote for someone I had no intention of voting for. I'm thankful the mailbox won't be filled with election flyers. I'm thankful the commercials on TV will be trying to sell me a car instead of a person.
Phew! I'm glad I wasn't told about this exercise any later in the month!!!