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“Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.” ― Alphonse Karr
We all have thorns in our lives. Be it circumstances, or people, some days it just feels like the world is out to get us (I can hear George Constanza yelling: “Probably because this whole UNIVERSE is against me!!”).
We obviously can’t ignore the thorns, and sometimes no matter what we do, or don’t do, they will still cut us open! So we take care, bandage the wound, and eventually proceed with our lives – the scars a reminder of where we have been, and how far we have journeyed. Without the thorns, perhaps the roses wouldn’t be as beautiful, or smell as sweet.
On those days when I’m feeling like Constanza, I find it so helpful to have a gratitude journal. Just a simple app on my Tab that I can put a few words in each night. The app even reminds me (just in case I forget) to write something. It may be as simple as “so glad to have heat in my house” or “running water” (have been without both from time to time living in the boonies!). If it’s been a really ugly day, I will also take a few minutes to review previous entries. It serves as a reminder that really, even in the midst of chaos and a bad day, month, or maybe a terribly thorny year, I have many roses.
Some of my roses include my wonderful hubby (although he may not necessarily SMELL like a rose all the time, hehe!), great family & friends, and of course all my kitties, both indoor and out! Those are all obvious (come on.. who wouldn’t love a kitty mash-up in your lap, unless you’re allergic )- but the little things (a warm shower, a good book, the smell of fresh baked cookies [ok so that doesn't happen very often, but still... ]) can also add up in a big hurry if you really stop and think about them.
I am immensely thankful for all the gorgeous roses in my life – what about you? Who/what gets you through your thorny days?