Thursday, August 31, 2017

Humble Pie & Being Grateful.

As children we are constantly told by our parents to "Be Grateful" for having fill in the blank! Very rare did we ever listen to this statement and continued on our way of complaining about how we didn't have the same barbie car that Jessica down the street had, Mandy got a new pair of jelly shoes, Amanda got the new backstreet boy cd, and Nate got the newest addition of mario carts. *shout out to my actual childhood complaints*

And because we practiced this so much as children, we grew into pain -in-the ass teenagers who complained they didn't have a cellphone or a car. And then again as adults because whoever has a bigger house, better job, nicer car. etc. It's a never ending cycle of that bitter taste in our mouths instead of listening to our parents simple request of "Be Grateful."

I recently got into a conversation with a friend about practicing counting our blessings and being grateful for what we have in our current chapter of life. This is a hard pill for me to swallow because I have always been that bitter little girl who just wanted a big barbie mansion like Jessica. But, it never came. And then when we moved into our home I would constantly complain to that husband of mine that it was too small. i mean, I'm not lying, it's like a cottage. But that's besides the point. I always have something negative to say about our house. 1 bathroom sucks. We don't have room to have a table to eat at. Our bedroom is hardly a "master." There is no storage space. blah, blah, etc. etc.

and then, a week ago I got served a big ass piece of Humble Pie. Thanks Universe. 

Here I am complaining about wanting a bigger house and being jealous that my sister & brother-in-law just moved to Idaho and are in the process of building their dream house. Here I am complaining that sometimes we forget to wash our dishes, my car needs to be detailed,  and I still didn't lose that extra 5 lbs so I could buy a new pair of jeans. Enter Hurricane Harvey aka Humble Pie.

For the last week I've been watching the news, seeing posts from my friends in texas, and reading articles about the devastating weather that has literally washed away every single thing that people own. Their homes, place of work, cars, clothes, food, everything. And I'm complaining, which makes me if I may, a ungrateful asshole. HUMBLE_FREAKING_PIE!!

So I'm doing a 28 Day Challenge, I'll explain more in another post about how I decided to start it. But for the next 28 days I'm going to write down 10 things, each day, that I am grateful for, even the small things like my toothbrush. we should all be thankful for a toothbrush. And remind myself that my parents were right (they are gunna love that one) and that I need to be grateful for the people and things in my life, because there are people who currently have nothing; and by me being ungrateful, I am being selfish.

Here are 10 Things I am Grateful For:
  1. My Husband
  2. My Family
  3. Having a Home to Live in
  4. Clothes on My Back
  5. My Car, a source of Transportation
  6. Career of My Dreams
  7. Food in my Kitchen
  8. Running Water
  9. Electricity
  10. Air in my Lungs & Working Organs.

In addition to my 28 Day Challenge, I have also made a donation to the American Red Cross to help in anyway I can for the families who are affected by the Hurricane in Texas. It's all I can do from here in California. And I am GRATEFUL that I have even a little bit of money in my pocket that I can do something, even if it's small. 

I encourage you to write down 10 things you are Grateful for RIGHT NOW in your life. You don't have to do it for 28 days with me, but if you do - AWESOME - if not, just do 10 and become aware of the little things you have in your life. Do Not take them for Granted. and well, if you do, come sit next to me because I have a big pie that I can't finish myself. So, What are YOU Grateful for?

DONATE TODAY: American Red Cross 

Love without Expecting, Love without Fear, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!

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