I love my Friday’s off! Even if I do a lot of chores or homework, I get to do them on my time, from my couch, and with my puppies sitting beside me. That is always a good day.
So this Friday I spent a little bit of time with my Psychology book, learning all about research methods and double blind studies. Then off to Cloud 9 for some much needed hot yoga with my girl Carley. Then back to the books to swim through a seemingly endless sea of homework, reading, and quizzes.
I love school. I love it, I love it, I love it. No… really I do.
But a Friday off is a gift, and one I definitely appreciate. I didn’t always have them with this frequency. I have been playing lots of catch up and working on blogs, laundry and getting the crock pot ready for dinner. I am starting to think this thankfulness project may be a bit more than I expected. But I am happy to say I find a new thing everyday that makes me remember how blessed I truly am.
I guess one of the things that I often forget to be grateful for are the little pleasures that I get to take advantage of every day. Every day I wake up to a house that is warm and lit. I have clothes that fit (sort of) and food to eat. We tend to forget about the little everyday gifts of our modern life.
Tell me what you are most grateful for today. What moment did you have that made you realize how lucky you are to be you and to have your life?
My parents are driving home to West Virginia today. They had been in Arkansas to visit family and attend the funeral of my Great Uncle, Dwane Treat. Our family has made that journey to Arkansas many times over the last 40 years. It would take anywhere from 16-21 hours, depending on traffic and road conditions. It is now an overnight journey of about 16 hours driving time for Moms and Daddy to go visit the Arkansas family.
As I was talking to Moms on the phone last night, I realized how different the process of travel is today. No wondering where people are on the road. No guessing on arrival times. Just pick up the phone and call. Need to book a hotel room for the night? Don’t drive around looking for vacancies, pull out your Smartphone or your tablet and book a room from the passenger seat of your car. Want to check road conditions? Weather forecasts? Local events of towns you are driving by? You don’t need to stop at the gas station and ask the guy there, or fiddle with the stations on the AM dial, check your iPad. And there is almost no chance of getting lost when everyone from Garmin to Mapquest is available to you from the front seat.
A lot of younger people will not remember a time when they didn’t have all this convenience. There didn’t use to be instant access to information and communication. And while the anticipation and wonder of waiting to connect was sometimes wonderful, I am rather glad that I don’t have to worry when people are traveling. By the way Moms and Daddy had a good day of travel and were almost home.
As the one member of my immediate family who moved out of state (and more than halfway across the country) the fact that I can hear and/or see almost any member of my family, anytime I want, is such a blessing! From facebook to Kinect, Skype to FaceTime, friends and family are only seconds away. If you have not taken a second recently to be grateful for that kind of technology, do that now. We are lucky to have it.