Filling Your Niche

Making time for thankfulness

So, as you may remember from my last couple of posts, things have been absurdly nuts for me lately. Work was already crazy stressful, plus it’s NaNo month, and you can see from my little word widget over there on the right that I’m way, way behind. Which sucks because NaNo is really (and totally disproportionately) important to me.

Miss G is flunking a class. Miss L has some weird skin rash exactly over her lymph nodes. Dan was laid off last week. Plus, this upcoming weekend is our family’s Thanksgiving celebration, so I’m cooking a big vat of French onion soup for a crowd. You know, in all my spare time.

In short, much like every other day in life, there are many things happening all at the same time that all deserve priority and are all getting shortchanged.

As always, it is so easy to feel overwhelmed by whatever. Work. NaNo. Family. Things. If not these things than other things.

Dan just shrugs and says “Well, honey, you’ve pulled bigger rabbits out of smaller hats before. I have no doubt everything will work out just fine.”

This is both exasperating and sort of complimentary.

And dead on.

With Thankful French Onion Soup Day just 12 hours away, I find my thoughts turning toward thankfulness, despite everything. Because really, there are so many things to feel thankful for.

  • I’m thankful for my boss, who is all around awesome and who also hired some minions to ease up my workload.
  • I’m thankful for my job; despite the current crunch, I do love what I do and I’m thankful to work from home.
  • Dan’s layoff came at the perfect time to spend the entire week at home while Miss L is here; they haven’t seen each other since Labor Day. I’m thankful they can reconnect this week.
Most importantly, I’m thankful we’re happy. Even if there’s some graininess upon close examination, when we take a step back and look at the big picture, we’re happy. And our lives are moving in the right direction, even if we feel all squished wiggling on through the current bottleneck.

The stressful times are the hardest in which to be thankful. They’re also the most important times in which to make thankfulness a priority.

When things keep piling up, step away. Just for a second. Take 10 minutes. Breathe.

Make time for thankfulness.

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Maarit • 11/22/2013


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