Thursday, May 21, 2015

Things I'm thankful for

Good friendships and fellow-shipping - one of the principles of the gospel is fellow-shipping. It's a long word that essentially means offering friendship to those around us. It sounds simple but for someone like me, acting on it is not so simple. But I've been doing it. Making friends, attending social gatherings, talking to new people who come to church. And while it's a bit painful, it is putting opportunities in front of me that I don't think I would have had otherwise. I've had a chance to make friends with some great new people in my ward and practice being a kind person. I'm really grateful to have such opportunities.

A strong body - my body isn't as strong as I want it to be, but I'm working on it. And I am reminded that I have a lot to be grateful about with regard to being able-bodied.

Knitting - What a great stress reliever! Okay, I'll be honest: my stress levels are lower than they've ever been in my life. But my capacity for stress is also lower than ever. Making lovely things out of string keeps me from wanting to harm myself and others. And it is more fun than it should be.

Choir - Oh, I joined the choir at church and I'm taking weekly voice lessons. Bet you didn't see that one coming.

Gratitude plays an important role in my life; it's not always easy to be grateful but there is a reason we have dumb phrases about it... so, what are you thankful for?


Emily said...

I'm thankful to see you blogging again! ;) It sounds like you've been busy, but have some really great things going on. I hope you are enjoying choir!

Jade said...

I love choir! I don't have natural signing ability but with my voice coach's help I am doing really well at it. We sing church hymns, which I used to really dislike - I am finding that participating in choir is making me appreciate the hymns. Worshipping through music is sort of new for me, but it's really nice.

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