It's the start of the 2010 Gratitude Challenge!
I was so excited about this challenge that I actually fell asleep thinking about all of the wonderful blessings we've received over the years. My family is my main blessing. My friends are another. Having God in my life is the biggest blessing of all. But, do you know what was the first blessing that I noticed this morning? Blankets. It's not that it is specifically cold out today. It's only 39* F as I write. Chilly yes, but not unbearable. But still, my blanket was my first blessing of the day. It's what it represents to me -
We don't have an overwhelming homeless population in our metro area like some, though it does exist and to those individuals who are in that situation it must feel horribly overwhelming. We went through hard times when the economy took a rather unpleasant roller coaster ride, and we easily could have been in that situation had things been different. We did lose our home, but we gained another when we combined households with family. We could have easily gone off the rails. Instead, I was able to wake up this morning snuggled in my blanket with one of my pups. (My husband is an insanely early riser so he didn't get to be part of this particular moment of blessing!)
As I lay in bed this morning my thoughts weren't about having been blessed with material items or abundant bank accounts. It was that moment in time where the house was quiet, all were safe and healthy, and I knew where my family was that I felt blessed. Safe. Warm. Snuggled. Together.
It's not a fancy blessing, but it's one that I am cherishing every moment that I can.
So, grab a blanket and get snugly. Leave me a comment about the blessing today brought to your life (or even your favorite blanket!) Hop over to Garden of Learning to read some more posts on gratitude. It will definitely brighten your day as it has brightened mine. Starting your day with thankfulness is a wonderful thing.