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Today I realized that a year ago my biggest problem was that I had about 10 pounds that I wanted to lose. And that I was obsessed with this “problem”. I also realized today that there are a million others with that same “problem” that I had that aren’t taking a step back to be thankful for everything that is good in their lives. I sure didn’t, and I want to take the time to do it now.
So, do me a favor, please. If you’re obsessing over something small (five pounds to lose, the price of gas going up, whatever it is!), take a minute to name a few things in your life that are good and that you enjoy. Maybe take another moment to think of something that really could be a problem for somebody else, and do something about it (if you can), even if it’s as simple as sending them a message or a card, or just trying to be there to listen to them when they’re having a crappy time.
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Here. I’ll start.
I’m thankful for:
- My friends who are supportive of me, even at my worst.
- My job and office-mates who accept me and my weird personality quirks.
- Being able to further my education at nearly no expense to me.
- And the fact that my favorite professor is still teaching, and I can take another class or two with him.
- Mark. Who deserves about 8 bullets of this list, even though he’s 300 miles away from me now.
- My awesome roommate who remembered to do the dishes this AM because I definitely didn’t want to come home to a sink full of crap.
- My health, even though I’m having a hard time with some issues. Overall, I am healthy.
Who am I thinking of today, instead of thinking of all the petty things that have gone wrong lately?
- A good friend who has been dealing with a bunch of stupid legal issues lately, and has had some pretty terrible luck.
- My friend whose grandparents (one on each side) are both declining rapidly in health.
- Another friend who is going through a pretty crappy divorce and has had a streak of bad luck.
- And people, in general, who don’t have a roof over their heads. Because let’s face it, I might be “homeless” in January if I don’t find a place I can afford to rent, but I will not TRULY be homeless and will never know what that is like.
What are you thankful for? And who are you thinking of today?
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Hi there. I'm Calee (pronounced CAL-e). If that's too hard, just call me Cal. Also known as chimes or the chimes. I'm 28ish, a designer, a runner, a self-proclaimed fitness queen, a craftster, a foodie, a music snob — some might call me a hipster. Here's the unabridged version.
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