Saturday, January 16, 2010

A Winter Day to Appreciate

Do you think that writing something 100 times makes it come true?

Yeah, neither do I.

But today, I did appreciate winter. And I appreciated my family, and my life and all of the blessings that I don't deserve, but still receive.

I've decided that I need to become a whole lot better about expressing gratitude. My wake-up call came last week, when I learned that some friends of ours lost a loved one in Haiti. He was only 25 years old. When the world loses someone so young — and so committed to serving others — it's hard to justify petty complaints.

So although I'll never be winter's biggest fan, I've decided to make the most of it. Life is too short to spend one-third of it sulking. If you look hard enough, any of winter's failings offers a chance to give thanks.

When I'm cold, I can appreciate that I have someone sweet to snuggle me.

When I'm bored, I can appreciate living with two great guys who teach me how to play.

When I'm tired, I can appreciate that hard work creates a calorie deficit that practically begs for hot cocoa.

And when I'm impatient, I can realize that winter, like life, is short. Although it can be cold, dark and even depressing sometimes, it's also beautiful — especially if you choose to see it that way.

I do.


drea said...

ugg, i'm this way in the summer... our winters are wonderful, summers are awful.

found you from blogfrog, btw.
Cute blog


Angie said...

Yeah, I can't decide which type of "off season" I'd prefer: an unbearably hot summer or an unbearably cold winter. Hmmm. Maybe I should just move to San Diego... ;)

MollyinMinn said...

I love these! I love these! I love these!

The Jahnkes said...

What a lovely way to look at things- thanks Angie

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