Last night I left Asheville with tears in my eyes, sad to be leaving family, anxious about flying with a toddler and our impending late night return home, lamenting the fact that soon my husband will be deploying and at some point in the pity party I realized that all of those things are things to be thankful for.

Given the current situation in Haiti and the day to day poverty and problems facing people all over the world, I should be thankful that my "goodbye" to my family is for a short time, not permanant, that I'm able to fly and visit family and have them visit us with some regularity, that flying with my beautiful daughter (who travels very well) is a blessing many don't have, and that I still have time before my husband deploys and that he is still alive and capable of deploying are all things to be thankful for.

Sometimes I forget to remember how much worse things could be and to be thankful for all that I have.

I am thankful that I am able to have and to handle the "bad" days. Sometimes I wish I'd love to not have to be strong, but compared to what others are facing, I am weak...and for that I am thankful.


Bonnie said…
We certainly both have a lot to be thankful for... and just like you, I forget sometimes. Thanks for reminding me.
Sweet post. :) It is so easy for me to whine and complain about how "bad" I have it, but the situation in Haiti really does make you stop and think about gratitude.
Dear Matt said…
It's true! We all leave site of what really is important. We get caught up in our "own" world, instead at the BIGGER world that is out there!

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