Saturday, January 21, 2012


Have you ever made a vow to change your ways for the better only to be vehemently confronted with the old ways that you question your conviction to change? I don't know if it's my hormonal cycle, the weather patterns, or the moon phases but I get the impression that the negative circumstances and people have risen up in an ungodly revolution against my resolve to focus on the blessings. It has been one of those weeks that have wreaked havoc on my immune system and yesterday morning as I was driving to work my thoughts were saturated with negative content. I had no energy and it was easier to whine, complain, and revile the world than to praise God and be thankful. 

But I reigned my savage thoughts in with as much deftness as Solomon Rarey taming violent horses. In the confines of my car I shook myself and said a prayer of gratitude for all the good things that occurred this past week. Why does this have to be a constant struggle? Gratefulness should come as second nature and that is my goal for 2012.

This week's installment of hunting for blessings uncovered priceless finds: 
I was scrolling through the camera roll on my iPhone when I found this picture. I am grateful that I found it because it served as a reminder to stand tall and strong like a tree in the face of adversity. 

I'm grateful for learning the act of forgiveness; for releasing yourself of grievances is like dumping the heavy baggage you've been carrying for years. 

I'm grateful for my very good friend Michele whom I've known for over 10 years and is my "twin" sister. She lives in "the Palisades" and I got to reunite with her at two of my happiest places on Earth: L.A. and the beach! Commiserating over our similar "war" stories and common annoyances made me feel less...insane. HA! She reminded me to forgive and that "Anything worth having is worth fighting for."
Can I get an "amen" for Trader Joe's?! With my new heart-healthy diet I found the best granola to drown in my Greek Yogurt. Hemp Plus Granola is organic, a source of Omega-3 AND low-sodium. If my blood pressure doesn't lower after this I will seriously scream.
I'm grateful for those who oppose SOPA and PIPA. Don't we live in a "free" society or is that only an illusion?
I detest drinking water! But it's essential for survival especially when you have hypertension. Okay, I know, I know, it's essential, period! Thank you, Michele, for recommending MIO liquid because it is now my best friend! I can drink gallons of water when it's peach tea flavored!
Yogurtland + my granddaughter Rylee = priceless memories with Gramma Nette. How can I not be grateful for that?!
Hallelujah for the Glo Bible app on my iPhone! When I am stressed, frustrated, angry, depressed, lost, broken, and GRATEFUL, the word is just at my fingertips. It puts everything into perspective and the verse above restrains my mouth at work.
A high 5 goes to my friend Alma's 8 year old son, Evan, who unknowingly lifted me out of  the depths of a weary funk one night. When I receive compliments from grown men I am instantly suspicious and on guard about their intentions. But admiration from an 8 year old boy is genuine. Thank you, Evan, for making my day!
For the upcoming week, no matter what challenges and hardships you face I hope you step back, be still, and see the blessings surrounding you. 

"Gratitude lifts our eyes off the things we lack so that we might see the blessings we possess." ~Max Lucado

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