Being grateful after all

I sometimes struggle with the whole grateful thing. Sometimes I try and know that behind my simple gratitudes is a world of ‘despite…’ and ‘still…’, “but…’ and other not so grateful thoughts. And then I don’t post them at all.
But last week I went to Carole’s blog to link up my post for Three on Tuesday and her post really hit me.

She talked about how the things she listed were all things that didn’t go very well at first and the struggle to get to a point she could be grateful for them. And then she said: “then we get to feel thankful in a way that’s bigger and better and more satisfying because it took some work to get there.”

Wow! That really struck a chord with me.

So it’s not wrong to know that you aren’t just simply thankful for some things… It’s not ungrateful to know that it’s hard to be thankful for them sometimes… I know, duh! But also, somewhat of an epiphany to me.  I have been trying to work up some higher serene feelings that just weren’t there (because, life) and now I’m finally starting to accept that it doesn’t have to be all that perfect.

So here are three things that I am thankful for today (despite…, but… etc.)

1. This house.
Talking about struggle… But it is all worth it. I already love it the way it is and it will be beautiful someday.

2. Living here.
I still get homesick every once in a while and there are times that I wished we never left, but I do love this island and the kind of life we’re able to live here.

3. Airplanes.
Ha! If I had to travel on a ship for six weeks to see my family I don’t think I’d moved here. I hate the flight itself (ten hours, no knitting allowed and I always have to force myself not to think about the fact that I’m in an aluminum tube going really fast and really high), but it takes me to my family, or back to my island and that’s why I am grateful that they exist.

Linking up with Carole’s Three on Tuesday

12 thoughts on “Being grateful after all

  1. Oh my gosh–I didn't know there an airline left with a NO KNITTING rule?! I, too, LOVED Carole's line from last week, and I love how you carried the thread through this week. Thank you for being yourself here.


  2. Carole really hit on something last week didn't she? I'd never put the feeling into words before but I definitely get more enjoyment/feel more gratitude when I win the struggle over something. There's just more appreciation there than when things go easy from the beginning. They used to tease me at work because I enjoyed some of the super horrible tasks. I didn't enjoy them in the moment in fact, I down right despised a few of them, but after… after I/we had survived the task I always felt like a rock star.


  3. I'm pretty sure I'd have to drug myself to get through a flight that long without knitting, but you're right that even when it's not a very fun process it does have the advantage of getting you to where you want to be much faster than the alternatives!


  4. Oh yes, Dutch airlines are very strict on any pointed objects. I don't even think embroidery would be allowed.Thank you for that comment about being myself, it means a lot to me.


  5. Yes, that's so true. When I worked in a hotel (when I was 18), I used to like cleaning toilets. Felt so good to get that task done (and everybody else liked me for volunteering).


  6. I love gratitude posts, but I also acknowledge that sometimes we just can't be full of gratitude non-stop. If we don't have lows, we cannot recognize the highs. Allow yourself to just feel whatever emotion comes.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s