Thanks Brings Sunshine

I woke to gray, rain beating a rhythm on the cold world.  Plodding through coffee, phone calls, third-grade multiplication, and peddling, my attitude drowned in the dank of sad.

My thankful list lay closed, forgotten.  How easily I trade thanksgiving for complaint, joy for sadness.  I feel like Esau selling his birthright for a pot of stew.

I lose focus.  I see damp.  I see darkness.  I see selfishness.  My glasses spotted with drops.  Reality blurs.  I must give thanks.

  • warm socks
  • friends from afar
  • my daughter’s nearness
  • words on paper

I run to open my notebook, my storehouse of beautiful, love, and gifts.  My one hundred twenty and growing.

  • seeing family on Skype
  • chocolate ice-cream
  • exercise induced endorphins

Thanksgiving and complaint cannot share a heart.  One always consumes the other.  Choices are ripe for my picking.  Today I pick thanks, and the sun peeks from behind a cloud.  My heart cannot be both clouds and sunshine.  I continue to choose thanks.

  • children pulling weeds
  • a clean house
  • Friday afternoon
  • fresh groceries
  • a flower in my daughter’s hair

Sunshine finds a home in my soul.  The clouds can stay outside.  I am not allowing them in, not today.  Today I give thanks.

  • a loving God
  • a bathroom sink with running water
  • misplaced college students
  • the days end

Will you give thanks today?

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14 thoughts on “Thanks Brings Sunshine

  1. Lynn

    Wow, I LOVE the way you wrote this TT post. Thank you…. I hope your Easter was astonishing. See you this Thursday. Hugs, Lynn

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  2. Cathy

    We had sunshine today, but the rain is supposed to be coming back tonight and be here through Sunday at least. But I chose to be thankful for today’s sun and not worry about tomorrow’s rain. It’s something we have to choose isn’t it? To be thankful or joyful instead of sad. I think this Thursday thing is good to help remind me of this.
    Take care my friend. Happy Easter.

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  3. laura

    misplaced college students made me smile.
    good for you, no succumbing to complaints. I like what you said about joy and complaints not being able to share the same heart.

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  4. Carol

    “Thanksgiving and complaint cannot share a heart” . . . yes, and like you I oscillate between the two.
    The rain and clouds of the past 2 days have made me very thankful for the sunshine today–hope sunshine comes your way!

    Have a blessed Easter,
    Carol

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  5. Charming's Mama

    I’m thankful for a boys imagination, of games with bananas and monkeys, sunshine and rain and the gift of friends both near and far.

    So happy to share thanks with you today.

    Reply

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