Cultivate Gratitude

 "Gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder."

I saw this quote for the first time a few days ago and recognized that this is one of the things that helps me get out of bed and go to work in the morning.  

Call me crazy, but when I think about the fact that I can go to work, help people by what I do, and bring in an income that my husband and I are able to live on, I am filled with happiness doubled by wonder.

Being able to go to work is something I will never take for granted. I grew up in a home were the only option for girls and women was to stay home, keep house, and have babies. (Those are wonderful things to do, if they are what a woman freely chooses to do, but they aren't the only options women should have.) Going to college, supporting myself, helping others outside of the home--these are things that I could not even imagine doing when I was a teen and young adult.  By the grace of God I was able to escape from that belief system, and between God and plenty of hard work, I am where I am now. 

Wonder. It is what I feel when I consider that fact that I can get up and go to work. It sure does make it easier to get up, get ready, and get out the door on those mornings when I don't feel like going. It makes it easier to get through the day, especially on those hard days. 

And it isn't just wonder at the big things--like the freedom I know have--that helps get me through the day. It is wonder at the small things as well. Tastes, touch, sounds, people. There is so much beauty, truth, and goodness in the world. 

Cultivate gratitude.

 

This post is part of a series of Living Gracefully with Chronic Fagtiue. For the full series as each post is added, click on this link:

http://www.tangledbasketfarm.com/31-days-series/

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