From November 6 until Thanksgiving, I'll be posting everyday, talking about someone or something I'm grateful for. I invite you to participate along with me. If you have a blog and will be participating, send me the link and I'll link back here. If you don't have a blog and there is a blessing you want to talk about, email me and I'll post it along with my daily blessing. I can even post it anonymously, if you'd prefer. There's something very powerful about focusing on what's right in our lives, and I intend to live this way, walking on the path of gratitude.
Can you believe we're already halfway through our 20 Days of Gratitude? It's amazing how time flies, especially this time of year. From the first day you feel a chill in the air to the beginning of January is my favorite time of the year.
Crafts can get expensive, especially when you start buying machines and cutters and special papers. But I've been blessed even in that. I heard about the Silhouette SD cutting machine and wanted one, but wouldn't spend the money ($300!!!) But then, I won a free Silhouette! Isn't that amazing? And when I was trying to decide on what type of fabric to buy for my living room curtains (but couldn't find anything in the right color or the right price), a friend surprised me and gave me a huge roll of fabric, in the exact shade of blue, I had been wanting! And she didn't even know I had needed fabric for that project!
You might think I'm being silly or facetious. But the truth is, I don't want to take anything for granted. Anyone living in this country is blessed. Even the poorest among us have it better than a lot of the people in the world. And I don't want to forget that. I don't want to forget the things I have in my life that are luxuries, not necessities. What I consider a "necessity", other people would consider outrageously luxurious (a new coat for this winter, even though I have an old one; a king-size bed, instead of the queen we had; a pair of boots when I already own more shoes than I wear). My goal, starting with this 20 Days of Gratitude project and going throughout the year, is to remember. To remember how blessed I am with and by and through the beautiful people in my life. To remember those little things I used to take for granted. To remember.