Thursday, November 13, 2014

Give Thanks...For the Little Things

Perhaps it's the cold and flu medicine making me slightly loopy, or maybe we can blame the fact that it's been so cold today (and I've been under the weather) and the boredom of being bundled up in bed is getting to me. Either way, I've had some (okay, a lot) of time to think about things. 

I've conquered many subjects in my head. I've overanalyzed some, I'm sure. But, mostly, I've been thinking about Thanksgiving. It's only natural. It's mid November, after all, and the fire going in our fireplace has served to remind me that the holiday season is, in fact, upon us. I went through the typical thoughts: "what am I going to wear," "who will be attending the family Thanksgiving celebration," "am I too old to sit at the kids' table," etc. Then, I settled into the true spirit of the holiday that's right around the corner. I pondered gratitude. 

As this has been a year of great change in my life, it's been a year in which I've gone round and round, loving and hating things in equal measure. Things that I now consider to be great things, I once resented. Nonetheless, I've got plenty to be thankful for. Certainly, I've got a number of people who are the best part of my life. I will resist the cheesiness of listing you all out and the things you do for me. The fact of the matter is that you people enrich my life, you put up with my shenanigans, and you rock. Thank you. That aside, there are many little things for which I am grateful and for which I almost never give enough credit. 

This year, I'm taking a bit of a sidetrack from one of those traditional gratitude posts, and I'm giving a shout-out to the little things. (As previously mentioned, we're working on sick brain here, so gear up for an interesting ride).

In 2014, I'm thankful for:

Creative Coworkers - Working in an office of all creative-minded folks assures that there's never a dull moment. From helping you figure out life problems in a new way to constantly keeping you entertained, they're the best! 

Skype - Although it often makes me feel as though I assume prisoners feel behind that Plexiglas window while talking to their loved ones without being able to touch or embrace, it's an incredible invention that allows me to feel close to my family, friends, and special ones who are far away. 

Etsy - While it's dangerous that they have my credit card info on file and I'm only one click away from anything on there that my heart desires (and it desires a lot, let me tell you), it's great for finding unique gifts...or gifts from me, to me. Besides, getting something I ordered online always feels like a little present. 

Wine - Unless you're guzzling from a box, it's the drink that you can feel at least a little sophisticated whilst sipping and laughing with friends. Not only that, but it's tasty and pairs well with almost any dinner. 

You stay classy, Albuquerque.

Overpriced pillows - This year, I dropped some money on some fairly expensive pillows in hopes that they'd help me sleep. They didn't, and I regretted and hated them for a while. Nonetheless, they're good pillows to snuggle up with, and they're a reminder that I've made it to a place in my life where I can afford luxurious pillows. They make me grateful. 

Porch swing - Over the course of the past year and a half, I have fallen in love...with my porch swing. It's my thinking spot, my "have a beer and ponder decisions" spot, my spot to talk on the phone, my spot for praying, my spot to share deep conversations with those I care about. It's my spot, and I adore it. 

Green chile - It's a food, a condiment, a dish all of its own. It's spicy and amazing, full of vitamin C, and truthfully one of my favorite things in the world. Every time I think I could leave NM, I remember that I can't think of a week in the past several years of my life where I haven't consumed green chile. 

Heaven on earth, my friends, heaven on earth!

Chapstick - It's simple. Really, it is. But, is there anything better than applying a fresh coat and delighting in how soft and smooth your lips feel? I don't think so...

My dog - She's seen me do some stupid things, and there have been times where I look at the way I take care of her and think "this is why I'm unfit to be a parent," but she loves me unconditionally. She lights up when I come home from work, and she's my favorite snuggler. 

Scarves - They can turn an outfit from "looking rough to looking good" in about five seconds, if paired right, and they keep me warm. They're a fun, useful accessory, and I feel like they don't always get the praise they deserve. 

Skirts - I know this may come as a shocker from the girl who hates dresses and skirts, but I've developed a certain fondness for them. It's definitely not the type of fondness that could result in frequent wear; it's just that (although I'll undoubtedly gripe about it for a day leading up to the event) I've become okay with their flair for marking a special occasion. 

How I feel every time..but it's worth it on occasion.

Beyonce - The woman is a class all of her own, but she's also my favorite morning pep talk. When "Flawless" comes on during my drive to work, I know it's going to be a good day! She's the warmup music to life as a woman. 

"I woke up like this..."

Inspirational quotes - I'm talking about the super cheesy ones, the ones that make you tear up a little before you realize you're being stupid. They're not that profound most of the time, and they're not revolutionary. They're simply shedding light onto truths we already know about ourselves. They're cheesy, but I love them. 

I'm a girl of the 21st Century, and stuff like this will keep me on Pinterest far too long.

Snapchat - I'm a horrible snapchat user. I check them like once a week and never respond, but I get a good laugh at being with my friends while they're snapchatting and seeing the silly things they do. Also, when I get around to my weekly check, I'm always amused. 

Bad days - Don't worry. I'm not getting all philosophical here and saying that bad days make us appreciate the good. We all know that it's true, but it doesn't make us hate the person saying it any less in that moment. Instead, I'm going to say that I am thankful for the bad days, because they're an opportunity. They're a chance to come home, blow off steam by venting to someone I trust, have a drink, and eventually laugh it all off. I'm a goofball at heart and love to laugh. Bad days provide the best anecdotes (second only to bad dates), and that's worth it all. That day where you were so angry you contemplated throwing a stapler through the window, if told with the right inflection and pauses, will provide you with weeks worth of anecdotal gold. 

As I wrote most of this, I could hear a voice in my head saying "you don't take anything seriously." Maybe I don't, but I also know that I am truly grateful for the big things too. Most days, I have knowledge of those things, i.e. my family, friends, job, writing, etc. I'm thankful for people who make my life a better place, for those who showed me what I deserve, and for those who taught me what I do not deserve. They're something I'm always thankful for, but I wanted to take a step back and look at all the little things that I consistently overlook to remind myself that there is something in every single day (both big and small) in which to delight myself. 

Be grateful, of course for the big things, but also for the little things. It really is the little things.

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