Do you ever have moments when you pause to just revel in how wonderful something is? Perhaps a supremely meaningful compliment from someone at work, the smile on your child’s face when she looks at you, or the refreshing shower you take after exercising?
This weekend I spent a fair amount of time savoring a particular element of my life I appreciate. While life with chronic illness is an ongoing challenge -for about 40% of the population- we’ve had a particularly rough span in our family the past 7 months. Basically my husband just feels lousy all the time, sometimes more than others.
In spite of it, he continues to be playful, loving and always kind. He makes a concerted effort to support our daughters’ rapid development and budding interests. Every night he popcorns a slew of jokes to keep me laughing until I tell him we have to stop laughing and get some sleep. He pushes through the clouds that darken his view of life and keeps poking holes for those around him to see the sunshine, even when he struggles to see it himself.
I am in awe of his warmth in a very cold season and tremendously grateful for it.
These days I don’t carve out a lot of time for journaling what I’m grateful for. However, in place of a formal blessing at our table, we hold hands every night to share what each of us feels grateful for. Perhaps tonight I’ll tell my husband how grateful I am for him.
What are you grateful for today? If it is someone, have you let them know?