I’m reposting this in honor of Thanksgiving Day today. Whether you’re celebrating this holiday today or not, take a moment to look around you and count your blessings. Have an awesome day!
Today I’m thankful for my mess. I’m thankful for my distractions and I’m grateful for my crowded house. I’m thankful because I’ve been blessed.
- I am blessed to live in a crowded house. Combining households with my parents did increase the clutter under one roof, but it has also given my children a relationship with their grandparents, aunt, and uncle that few children get to experience. We have never had to wonder if we’ll have a safe place to live and that is something to never take for granted.
- I am blessed by the distraction of noisy children. Choosing to homeschool our kids is often challenging, but I’m thankful to have them close by and I’m thankful that our finances allow me to stay home with them. I remember the joy of giving birth to my boys and how hard we fought to adopt our baby girl. When I just want to run for quiet, I realize that not everyone is blessed with tiny hugs and children’s laughter.
- I have been blessed by abundance. I have become acutely aware that we have much more than we need. While I have become focused on getting rid of what we no longer want, I need to remember how to use my excess to bless people who have far less than abundance.
Focus on the Positive
Sometimes we just need a moment to refocus. Lately I’ve been struggling with how to make more progress in my effort to declutter. Every time I think I’m making strides in the right direction, I look around and see so much that’s left to do. Instead of enjoying the freedom that minimalism is bringing me, I think to myself that no one would ever look at us and think we’re a minimalist family. That’s no longer how I want to continue on my journey.
Today I will choose to renew my quest for less, but I will do it with a proper focus. I will focus on the positive. I will remember the memories that my belongings once gave me and then I’ll move on. Instead of dwelling on the negative feeling I get by looking at the piles of clutter, I’ll consider how I can bless others in need and celebrate every box that we remove. I will continue to remind myself that things didn’t get this way overnight so it’s not reasonable to expect them to change overnight.
This time of year is a great time to focus on the positive and how we’ve been blessed. How have you been blessed?
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Article originally published on 11/25/2010