But I choose to be thankful...
I could sit here complaining about how hard it is to carry a baby, the toll pregnancy takes on my body and having to pee a million times in a day. But I choose to rather be grateful for the chance to be pregnant. I'm grateful for the opportunity to carry life inside of me, the chance to bring a human being into this world and the privilege to nurture them.
I could complain about how hard it is to feed a family of five, day in day out making sure there is breakfast, lunch, and dinner and no one dies of hunger. But I choose to be thankful that we have food available or the resources to make food available.
I could sit here complaining about how hard it is to blog, to create content take pictures, learn photography, videography and lots of other things I do not want to learn. But I am so thankful that from my little corner in my home, I am able to reach people all over the world, giving to them and inspiring them.
I could sit here complaining about how hard motherhood is. How hard it is to raise kids. But I am thankful for the chance to watch my babies grow. I am thankful that even as I raise them, I learn so much and grow.
I could sit here complaining about how hard marriage could be. How the two becoming one could be such a complex process. But I am thankful for all the wonderful things that marriage offers. I am thankful that I get to walk on this wonderful journey with Mr. N.
I could sit here complaining about how much I miss my family and friends who are miles and miles away from me. But I am thankful that with the internet, mobile phones. social media I get to connect with them and somehow still do life with them.
I could sit here complaining about all the tasks I have ahead of me. But I am so thankful that I am alive. I am so thankful that I can breathe. I am so thankful that I have the ability to do things and I have so thankful that I do not get to eat the bread of idleness.
I could complain about a lot of things but I choose gratitude over grumbling. I choose thankfulness over worry. I choose to look on the bright side instead of the dark side. And as I continue to thank, it heals me in more ways than I can imagine. There's always something to be thankful for.
I am thankful for all that defines my life right now. I want to cultivate the attitude of being thankful even in unusual situations. I want my heart to be filled with thankfulness and positivity.
I am thankful for you reading this. Be sure to take some time to reflect on the things you are thankful for today. If possible, write them down and read them to yourself. Thankfulness makes you whole.
And yes, I am so thankful for food. Good soul food that makes life worth living. And I'm grateful that I get to make so much delicious food in my kitchen.