“When I started counting my blessings,
my whole life turned around.”
Good for Willie! He has found the key to happiness.
Counting your blessings makes everything better. It doesn’t take away the difficult times or make all the wrongs right. There are still tears and hurts and grief that come our way but they don’t drag us down into the bottomless pit of despair when we remember the blessings in life.
There are times when I let myself be dragged down and I sort of wallow in the mess of being miserable for awhile. But those times are fewer and less dramatic than they used to be and the reason is that I have learned to count my blessings.
In the beginning of my blessing counting days it was a bit hard to make a list of the good things in my life. I thought blessings were big things, things that were awesome and made me stop and say WOW! But I have learned a few things since then.
Blessings are big things like not being homeless or hungry, being healthy, having family and friends and pets to share life. Blessings are the wonders of nature; trees and flowers, squirrels and birds, clouds that make temporary paintings on the sky, soft rain, lightening and thunderstorms, the stars and moon that decorate the night.
Blessings are also the small things; waking up and remembering a dream, a morning walk, a warm shower and shampooing your hair, lotion that makes your skin feel soft, laughter, conversation, the feel and smell of freshly washed sheets, an afternoon snack of coffee and cookies, reading a good book, watching a movie, sitting quietly by yourself or with someone you love. The list is endless.
Some situations and circumstances try to hide blessings. Sometimes we have to sort through the messiness of life to see or recognize them and there are some that don’t seem like blessings at all but with time they are revealed as some of the wonders of life. Ya just gotta have faith…and a lot of patience!
26 thoughts on “Monday Musings…”
I so loved this. Each morning I make a gratitude list from A-Z. Apples, books, children playing, daffodils, eating, friends in my midst. You’re right when you say, it’s not just something big to reflect on. Little things that humble and remind us how lucky we always are, lend us grace, Nice piece Madam.
Good for you! Great way to start the day.
I used to visit your blog more often so I am committing to doing so again. This is so true about blessings. It’s so hard to get started, especially if we’ve had a few tough trials in our lives lately. But, once we begin to take notice, it can really life our spirits. Thanks for your post. I really appreciated it and you!
Patricia’s blog is one of the few I read. She never disappoints and always leaves her readers feeling inspired and awed. She’s a wonderful writer.
Susannah, if I ever have the money to hire a public relations person it will be you. You are one of my blessings! BTW don’t pass on any modeling jobs…I doubt I will ever have any money for a payroll account. 🙂
I only speak the truth. I look forward to your insights you refer to as musings, your humility always in play. Even the photos that accompany them cheer me. You’ve created a wonderful site Patricia. Right Teddy? Right Jack? Mew Mew…our Mama Rocks alright…:)
Thank you, Diane, for your kind words. I have been having a terrible time trying to keep up with blogs…the writing of mine and reading of others. I was much better managing my time before I retired
As one who walks in the valley of the shadow of Depression, yet again I find your words a comfort. Thank you for continuing to bless the rest of us with your musings and more.
And now I’m going to have to go find out when Willie’s new Happy-Songs albums are coming out. Just saying. Btw I love the picture of the hallelujah cat. God granted us two new little ones recently, and one of them regularly likes to perch on its haunches like a prairie-dog. So pictures may be coming soon from our end of the stick.
So good to hear from you, my friend. Thank you for your kind words. Have you been posting? I have not gotten any notifications lately. Please send me your blog address so I can put back on my list. I hope you and your Lady are well and staying cool. What fun to have new furries! Looking forward to pictures.
What a beautiful message and a real Awww-worth photo!
Yeah, I agree. Great photo.
Thank you, it makes me happy that you like my musings.
What a wonderful post on blessings. We just need to focus on the good and you’ll find those blessings.
Awww on the kitty and you know I linked this post to Awww Mondays.
Have a fabulous day and week, Patricia. ♥
You are so right, Sandee, what we focus on and how we process what we learn is most important. One of my Monday blessings is when you link my post to Aww Mondays for me. Thank you!
Words of inspiring wisdom! Lovely post, Patricia!
I am happy you found my words inspiring.
Yes, this is the best way, so many blessings we overlook in the down moments too. Great post, uplifting.
Thank you, Paul. Your comment is a blessing.
Loved this! YOU and your posts are a blessing to me! :).
Thanks, Debbie. You are always encouraging!
Very true. An inspiring message
Thank you for reading. I appreciate your comment.
You’re welcome 😊
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