Three days ago my son’s friend asked me if I had ever heard this saying, “Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.” I said that I had! Then I jumped right on this blog…just now…
It’s amazing what you can learn from a spunky 8-yr. old boy. He learned the saying from “Ninjago” which in itself is very cool. Ninjas + Legos + Learning, oh yeah. The same kid told me I need a new fence because my dog keeps getting out of the holes in it. Smart.
After months of mulling all sorts of blogs around in my mind and my scribblings on various pieces of scrap paper that I keep finding around the house and in my purse, I thought I’d get started! I’m going with the obvious resolution/gratitude idea but who cares. AND, I’m not kidding you, just now while starting to write this, I got a wonderful message from an old friend that just moved me and inspired me. She reminded me of our individual journeys and how oddly similar they can be, the journeys of those who come and go in our lives and how they affect us, the bittersweet and painful chapters, the good and motivating chapters, the love, support and happiness that we find along the way and the inner strength we muster to live and live well! JOY!!!
I actually like resolutions and I never feel like a failure if I don’t achieve any of them. I just know I’m a work in progress and I always learn something or achieve something different yet still great on the way.
1. Be the best mom I can.
2. Drink more beer.
A really good friend of mine told me she had a gratitude journal and I thought “great for her.” I am thankful for things every day, like “thank goodness I made it to the gas station on fumes” or “I’m so thankful I didn’t miss the American Idol finale” and why would I actually write it down? Then The Universe stepped in and I have been bombarded with gratitude journal ideas, stories and Oprah telling me how fantastic it is to write one and she’s been doing it for years. Well, I’m waaaaay behind so why start now? Then The Universe put more magazine articles and tv shows about it in my face.
Then I really started thinking about how thankful and grateful (same thing?) I am for so many things from my family’s health to the beautiful ocean and I actually deeply feel this way and often say it. Today I’m starting to write a gratitude journal. I want to find out how expressing my gratitude this way will affect me. I don’t know how to do it because I didn’t actually listen to the shows or read about it that closely. How hard can it be and how will it change my life? Oprah did say to write 5 things down a day.
So, I’ll write down 2.
I have at least 13 perfectly good and unused notebooks or journals and I cannot find a darn one of them! So, I got this one from the $1 bin at Target. On that note, just tack on $18 to each Target bill for rummaging through the $1 bins and getting 18 things that I absolutely cannot live without. Back to gratitude…
1. I’m grateful for my son who is healthy, hilarious, sweet and a darn miracle.
2. I’m grateful for beer.
Work in progress. JOY!!!