Who knew something as seemingly insignificant as naps would yield such significant consequence in my little mama-world? But alas, the Baby Formerly Known As The Incredible Sleeper is now fighting it with all his might, and left to my own accord, it’s easy to then view the world through the evil green lenses of my childhood’s Berenstein Bears’ fame, not seeing the good and the Beauty in the everyday.
But today I do. Today I choose to see Beauty in the most ordinary of places.
*I’m thankful for learning to taste my way through a meal – I start by chopping an onion, then grabbing my wooden spoon, I feel where the spirit of that night’s dinner is leading me. Bam. Grateful for tastebuds. Who knew?
*I’m thankful that even when the Unknown and the Uncertain (deserving every undeserving proper capitalization, ever) seem to outweigh the known and the certain, that we can still choose to Trust (capital “T”). We can still choose to view life as The Great & Exciting, Super Daring Adventure – and then fully leaning into that truth, fully live.
*I’m thankful for healing, restorative conversations.
*I’m thankful for Everyday Friends.
*I’m thankful that the rules of grammar and punctuation – like most areas of expertise, I suppose – can and should be broken once we’re grounded in the basics. Oh, Emily Dickinson, I get you on a whole new level, woman!
*I’m thankful for the HBH (Hot Black Husband) – boy oh boy, am I thankful for that man and for friends who come over and watch Baby sleep, and a Date Night that includes a green-lit Great Gatsby surprise.
*I’m thankful for stories. I’m thankful that writing is therapy, and that by learning to sit down and be still, a story that’s been there all along is finally given breathy words.
*I’m thankful for that simple theological truth: there is a Jesus who loves everyone, everywhere, no ifs ands or buts, no questions asked. He comes and sits on the couch next to me, and it’s not then about how much I love him, but about how much he loves me. And that is enough.
Thank you, Carina Lee, for prompting us to sit down and find those nuggets of thankfulness! Friends, I double-dog dare you to do the same. What are you thankful for today?0