My Stimulus Plan — Being Grateful

by Dagmar Bleasdale on March 24, 2009

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What makes you feel grateful for everything you have in your life? For me it is hearing the wind howl in the trees outside. I’ll explain . . . Last night, I crawled into bed at 1 a.m. after finishing an editing project, and as I sighed and got all cozy and warm next to Landon, I heard the wind howl outside. There is something about that noise that instantly makes me appreciate that I have a roof over my head. Sure, most people do, but it’s not just about having a roof over my head. It starts there and makes me think about all the other things I have in my life.

We are by no means rich, but we have everything and more than we need. I shop with coupons, partly because I like to — it’s a game to see how much less I can pay, I think of them as found money — but also because Don and I are both freelancers and you never know when the next paycheck will come in. We rent and don’t own a house, but that seems to almost be a blessing in these tough times — at least we don’t have to worry about an ever-increasing mortgage. I could make a lot more money working a full-time job, instead I get to stay with my little boy and work from home, doing what I love: proofreading and editing — and blogging! Yes, my marriage could be better, but whose couldn’t? Having a little child seems to become the focus, not the relationship with your partner. I believe that will change, and I am happy with my life.

I can’t remember the last time I bought myself some clothes I got exited about — I remember buying two white, long-sleeved T-shirts a few months ago — but I have nine sweaters in my closet I hardly wore all winter. My 401K has dwindled so much in the last few months, I can forget about relying on that money when I get older. We all, rich or not, have taken a hit in this bad economy, but let’s face it, we all still have so much more than others. Take a minute today to think of all the things you are grateful for — it puts things into perspective.

As I was pondering all this last night, Landon stirred and turned around to face me. His naked toes reached out to touch my leg, his little fingers grazed my face, and I could feel his breath on my skin. Does it get any better than that? How blessed am I to have this beautiful, healthy, sweet little boy? I am so grateful . . . is the last thing I thought before drifting off to sleep.

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Enith July 4, 2009 at 6:51 PM

This is so beautiful!!! Thank you, because just yesterday I was sitting at my desk thinking about the same thing… summer is very tough on us because my husband is an educator and he works summer camp during these days and gets paid a lot less than during the school year. It’s been rough lately, but I am so optimistic and positive that everything is going to be alright, besides, we have each other :-)

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Beth March 29, 2009 at 11:30 AM

I think of this particular entry often now. What more could you want or need? I, too, am grateful for my sweet little one.

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ANTOINETTE March 25, 2009 at 3:59 AM

I LOVED THIS BLOG! I RECENTLY RECEIVED A MAGAZINE FROM OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD (THE SHOE BOXES WE FILLED FOR CHRISTMAS) AND I OFTEN LOOK AT THE COVER AND AM REMINDED OF ALL MY BLESSINGS. THERE ARE TWO LITTLE GIRLS ON THE COVER WITH TORN DRESSES WHO ARE COMPLETELY HAPPY WITH THE TOOTHBRUSHES, WASH TOWELS AND BARS OF SOAP THAT THEY RECEIVED AS A GIFT. I USED IT AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO TALK WITH MY GIRLS ABOUT BEING THANKFUL.

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Tom Humes March 24, 2009 at 9:06 PM

Nice Site layout for your blog. I am looking forward to reading more from you.

Tom Humes

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TMWW March 24, 2009 at 10:50 PM

Hey sweetie, that’s a lovely sentiment. Something we all tend to forget now and then with the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Landon sounds like a little doll baby LOL! You made ME want to curl up in bed with him! I’ll make do with my two tonight, though!
Hugs across the states, dear friend…

Kim

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