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Being Thankful

be thankful

A friend of mine posted this on her Facebook page today and it gave me my idea for my blog.

Sometimes I have to step back and remind myself of this.  I often find myself wanting more, and wishing for things – bigger and better.  Materialistic things.  Things I really don’t need, but just want.  A bigger house, another bathroom, an extra bedroom…  All things I really don’t need, but I just feel like would make my life more convenient and easier.  I wish for times that I didn’t have to worry every time I went out for a meal, or buy myself something new to wear.   I wish that I could give my kids things like vacations and camps that other kids have.

But then, quotes like this put things into perspective.  Will I ever be satisfied with just “stuff”?  I have two healthy boys, a happy marriage, a safe, warm home, a close knit family, a job that I love, friends who mean the world to me….my list of what I have really could go on and on.  I know that I will still want for more, and wish that I had things that I long for, but I really do already have so much – so why?

I have a friend going through a very rough time right now.  This woman, is one of the strongest women I know and with everything going on in her life, she still shows her strength throughout it all.  I found a quote yesterday that I shared with her, and it goes right along with this whole idea:

“Possessions are worse than worthless — they’re harmful. They add no value to your life, and cost you everything. Not just the money required to buy them, but the time and money spent shopping for them, maintaining them, worrying about them, insuring them, fixing them, etc.”

and so, I need to take the time and count my  blessings.  I am admitting that I will still have times that I want for more!  I will try though.  I will take into consideration all that I do have, and when I do happen to get things I really NEED rather than want, I will accept them with gratitude and be content with what I have been given.

Admittedly, this will be hard for me – but I will try.

Life Coach

coach

Over the last six weeks, I have been attending a class on Saturdays.  The best way I can describe the class is as a “life coaching group”.  I really did not know what to expect when I started.  I knew that we would be doing a lot of journaling, which is what I was most interested in since I had just begun this blog.  I thought that it was going to help me become a better and more inspiring writer.  At the time, I did not know who was going to be in the class or what we were really going to be focusing on, but I thought that it was going to be a good step for me.

Six weeks later, I can honestly say, that as I leave the class each week, I do so with new perspectives, clearer decisions and ideas of what I need to be working on to get through any fears or obstacles I might be facing.  I am discovering changes I need to make in my life, and although I might be taking baby steps, I am finding ways that I can make those changes.  We focus a lot on gratitude and disappointment and how they play such an important part in our lives.

Our group is comprised of seven women, which includes our coach.  I knew five of the women prior to starting, (although I did not know that they would be in this class before we began).  At first, I did not know if knowing these women was going to be awkward or uncomfortable for me but actually it has been quite the opposite.  I am so at ease with these women.  There is tremendous support and acceptance between all of us.   We share laughter and tears.  We joke that “what happens in group, stays in group”, and it really does.  There is a solidarity among all of us.  Each of us have something to contribute to the conversations.  We do not judge each other, we just listen and offer support, suggestions and validation to one another.  We console one another and show compassion.  Many of our sessions have involved tears but they have also been filled with laughter.  I feel like it is the best therapy that I could ever get.  They are my support group.

We all come from different backgrounds, but we are still a  group of like- minded women and that is creating a foundation for learning, inspiration and personal  growth. Each of us contributes and we sometimes sigh with relief when we realize we are not alone in our thinking, no matter how crazy we might think we might be!  We all have different issues that we are coming to the class with, but it turns out, that we all have a lot of similarities as well. This has helped me, (and I would think all of us), gain clarity, set goals and move through our fears.  We see our lives in different perspectives and in doing so, we are gaining the confidence we need to move forward and in the process, I have made a new circle of friends.