I frequently fall into the habit of focusing on the things in life that aren't going right, rather than stopping to appreciate the things that are. Like so many others, I'll be participating in Thankful November.
The premise is simple: find time each day to be thankful for things in your life. Speak them aloud, post on social media, spread the thankfulness.
I am thankful my car was returned from Carmax in a timely manner and earlier than promised. I am thankful Carmax & Chevy have a good relationship. I am thankful I was in a stable financial situation to buy a newer car (she's a 2012) from Carmax and be covered with a warranty. The check engine light came on and everything was checked out and fixed, free of charge. They even washed the exterior and vacuumed inside, which was a pleasant surprise. I'm thankful for transportation and I'm thankful for companies that truly do their best to take care of customers.
I am thankful for my students' effort. One munchkin retook his first math test for the third time. Yes, three times taking a math test on the same concept. The numbers are changed each time but I know he's been working hard on mastering place value and powers of ten. His dad is a math teacher so I know he practices at home. He failed the first test. Got a D on the second. We've kept working on it and I know he plays math games at home with his family. This time? 90%. Can't wait to share that with him!
I am thankful for two healthy kittens who have such sassy personalities. Crookshanks, who is normally sweet tempered, gave me this face when I stopped petting her:
Yes, major sass right there. I plan to use this image as a morning meme with my students the next time they need a reminder about putting their names on their papers.
I'm thankful I was able to make the decision to adopt my two furballs a few years ago. I went to a no kill shelter with the intention of adopting a 12 week old Chloe, but when she was curled up with her sister...I ended up with both furballs. One of the best decisions I've ever made since they bring me so much joy.
What are you thankful for?