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August 20, 2012

The thing about life is that you are never prepared for it. Not the good nor the bad. You just aren’t.

The really good things take your breath away. The really bad things break your heart. But either way you aren’t prepared and ready for either.

We adjust and we adapt. That’s what we do. That’s how we survive. Because let’s face it, even the good things in life take adjusting and adapting to.

Even good things like marriage. Being married to Keith is the single best thing that has ever happened to me. Does that mean I didn’t have to adjust to it? No. Of course I did. While being married to Keith is easy it is also hard. I am sure the same could be said and applied to all the positives in one’s life: career and parenthood immediately come to mind as examples.

Keith and I went to Temple on Friday night (In Judaism worship services are on Friday nights and/or Saturday mornings) and had a lovely evening. We go to the Temple I was raised in and so it feels like home. I am comfortable there. Even the same rabbi is leading the congregation. It makes me feel peaceful to step into those doors into the sanctuary.

One of my favorite parts of the ceremony is a point where people are allowed to share things they were particularly grateful for that week so we can pray and rejoice with them. It was neat to hear what people had to say. I love the community interaction and it also hit home that sometimes the little things in front of you are the things to be grateful for. All those little things add up to one big happy grateful life.

Instead of thinking I’ll be grateful when….I found myself counting the things I have that fill me up with joy every single day. And in that moment, right then, I wouldn’t have changed a single thing about my life. Not one.

So here’s to embracing your life, being grateful and enjoying the little things this Monday has to offer.

Let’s get this week started!

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14 Comments leave one →
  1. August 20, 2012 7:04 am

    love this! being grateful is one of the easiest things we can do – we have SO much!

  2. August 20, 2012 7:16 am

    Very true. It’s so easy to think, “Ill be grateful (or happy) when…” but there’s always going to be something new when you achieve the when. I think it’s all about living in (appreciating) the present moment, which at times is very hard to do.

  3. August 20, 2012 8:52 am

    i was thinking about this yesterday. it is SO, so easy to look ahead at the next thing we think we want or need, when, in reality, we have so much to be thankful for RIGHT now. great reminder, kelly.

  4. August 20, 2012 9:16 am

    great post Kelly. I try to take a couple minutes a day to be grateful for the amazing things in my life.

  5. August 20, 2012 9:51 am

    I needed to read this this morning. Thanks girl. 🙂

  6. August 20, 2012 10:35 am

    I think it’s so important to just be grateful for what you have right now. We never know what’s going to happen, and if we live life waiting for certain things to happen, we miss out on all the good that’s happening right now.

  7. Kalli and Bill permalink
    August 20, 2012 10:38 am

    oh i love this post! what is it about austin bloggers……? you gals (lindsay and you) are so introspective and wise for your years!

  8. August 20, 2012 3:22 pm

    Thatta girl. I love it. Love you.

  9. August 20, 2012 3:59 pm

    Ah, I so needed to hear this today. After such a rough year, it’s been hard to keep myself looking back at the positive things and being thankful for all of the good things in my life. Thanks for posting this!

  10. August 20, 2012 6:13 pm

    love this post. It’s so important to remember all that we’ve been blessed with!

  11. August 20, 2012 8:05 pm

    This is so beautiful Kelly! I am so happy you feel this way. It’s so easy sometimes to forget the positives. You are awesome!

  12. August 20, 2012 8:27 pm

    I’m bad about being grateful sometimes and comparing my life to others. I love this post and it’s so true for me too! Have a great week!

  13. August 21, 2012 6:21 am

    this might be one of my favorite posts. So simple and yet we often forget to be grateful for every little thing in our lives. Hope your first week of non kid school is going well. Hugs!

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