Gushingly Thankful

This weekend I have to find an ice cream shoppe (preferably with that extra "p" and "e"), order several bowls of ice cream, take pictures of them and then bill my company after I eat my fill.

I know.

My job is a total pain.

How to Choose a Job

I woke up yesterday and had an epiphany. Life is really, really good right now. We're healthy, we have a beautiful place to live, jobs we love and enough time to pursue things we enjoy. Not such a bad thought to start the day, right?

I spent the next few hours feeling really, really, really thankful. Because while I haven't had the most difficult life, there have definitely been darker days than these. The memory of those tough times make today even more special. I believe it's the bad times that make the good times so very, very good.

And then as if my day wasn't special enough, I walked down to the mailbox last night and I found this.

The Good Ol' Days

There, waiting for me, was a box of 12 gourmet brownies. The sweet treats were a thank you from one of our clients. Her book, Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go, launched this week and she sent each member of our team a present. Julie's generous gift brought a tear or two to my eye.*

At that moment, I was pretty much overflowing with gratitude.

I don't bring any of this up to brag. I don't mention it because everything in my life is perfect. And I'm certainly not trying to rub your nose in my good fortune. I'm just taking this opportunity to be publicly and gushingly thankful.

I'm thankful for the blessings in my life. I'm thankful for the opportunities I've been afforded. And I'm thankful that my heart is in a place where I can recognize and appreciate it all while it's still happening.

I wonder if someday I'll look back on this time and remember it as the "good ol' days."

What are you thankful for this beautiful Friday?

*Probably not as impactful considering
I also teared up while watching  The X Factor yesterday.
When did I become such a cry baby?