Be Thankful for the Little Things!

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Real Estate Agent with Broken Arrow, Tulsa, McGraw Realtors

This blog was inspired by a really good friend of mine who is in the Army, serving currently in Iraq. 

It seems that life is tough for alot of people right now.  Getting laid off, closing their business, illness and even death.  Life is not easy to live.  Times are hard and it seems the harder we work, the more we need to work just to make ends meet.  And alot of the time our ends never meet.

But in wanting to complain about ends not meeting, hours cut at work, groceries and gas getting more expensive, and why there was no response to my email......... I began to think about what I do have that others don't have the option of.  Especially my friend Jose.

Jose in Iraq

I have my home to return to every night.
A TV with 20+ channels to watch when and what I want.
A pantry with food available anytime.
A hot shower in my own bathroom.
A grocery store just 5 minutes away.
Go to a movie and have popcorn with butter.
Take the kids and my friends bowling.
Attend the church of my choice on Sunday.
My own car to drive when needed or for an afternoon drive.
My kids to hug and talk to everyday.
A phone to use anytime I want to just say Hello.
A quiet good night sleep in my own bed.
A choice of colorful wardrobe.
Sleeping late on a rainy day.
Talking on the phone late at night to a friend.
Walking by the lake.
A bike ride to play pool.
Chinese Buffet.

 

 

Today, think about what you have that is truly a blessing that you might take for granted.  I have no idea what our service men and women are going through but pray for them daily to have a safe tour and return home.

Jose, thank you for serving for our country and doing without the many things we enjoy each day.  You've helped me to appreciate the little things in life a little more today. 

But most of all your friendship!

FATHER, Protect, guide and love our troops as they protect others!  Give their families the strength to go through each day until they return! 

 

 

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Diane Williams

You are so right, we need to take a moment to remember and pray for our men and women fighting for our country.

May 15, 2010 02:53 AM
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Charita Cadenhead
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An attitude of gratitude is always in order.  We should time block on our Blackberry calendar (iPhone, iPod, etc) 5 to 10 minutes a day just to reflect on this all to important measure of gratefulness.  It could be a game changer on any given day.

May 15, 2010 04:52 AM
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Lisa Stafford
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Mike - I'm sending a care pkg next week.  Thanks for sharing this pic.

Anna - I'm glad your son is home safe.  Thanks for the feature.

Elite - yes it's nice to be in this country.

Marilyn - I did get stopped in my tracks and hope to not take these things for granted not even one day.

Diane - Thanks for praying.

Charita - Being grateful should be a daily thing.  And great idea to put on our schedule.  Maybe even an alarm for those really busy days.

 

May 15, 2010 09:55 AM
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Anna Banana Kruchten
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Lisa your post is even more poignant today.  Please read my post about Nora and keep her in your thoughts and prayers.  Being thankful and grateful for all the blessings we have every day is the key. You never now what tomorrow will bring.

May 15, 2010 02:07 PM
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Just bought the book, "Heroes for my son."  The one thread throughout is that you can't be a hero unless you are selflessly doing something for someone else. Please be thankful for the everyday heroes and leaders we have in our country: teachers, police, fire, military, inventors, builders, etc. They help make our lives possible and keep our standard of living still better than anywhere in the world.  BTW, I recommend the book.  And Lisa, thanks for being part of the "family."

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