I’ve been writing a fair bit lately about the imperfections of life at the moment. It’s true — things are far from ideal right now for a number of reasons. Unfortunately I’ve been allowing myself to fall into the trap of focusing on life’s imperfections a little too much lately. And as I’ve written about before, the things we pay most attention to seem to grow in size.
Monday was Thanksgiving here in Canada and I spent the weekend really trying to think about all of the things I have to be thankful for in my life. I’ll be honest — I wasn’t 100% successful at this, but thanks to a conversation with my husband, I think I’m feeling ready to re-focus myself again.
On my run this morning I made a specific point of thinking about the things in my life that I’m feeling thankful for. Mostly I am thankful for the people in my life. The obvious ones — my husband, my girls, my step kids, my friends and family. I thought about how different my life looks than it did 7 or 8 years ago, and how very thankful I am for that, too. I’m not sure that I ever really had a clear image of how I wanted my life to look, and while there are some things that I would change, for the most part, life is good. Life is good even taking all the current factors into consideration. Because no matter what else happens, I still have the important people here. My husband. My girls. My step kids. My friends and family. And as long as I have all of them, the rest is manageable.
Not perfect, of course…but I’m sure that complete and utter perfection is impossible. And if not, then pretty dang boring. And I don’t know about you, but that’s sure not something I ever want life to be.
I’ll settle for sometimes stressful but full of joy and other amazing things any day.
And in the meantime, I’ll focus on being thankful for all the wonderful things that this life provides me with.