Seek Blessings in the Ordinary
The holiday season means different things for different people. For me, Thanksgiving is about family. No matter where I am in my life, I always want to be surrounded by my family. It is true that my perspective of “family” has changed over the course of the last few years, mostly out of necessity due to my distance from my blood family. Yet, when the opportunity to spend actual Thanksgiving with my family came up this year, for the first time in nearly six years, I moved heaven and earth to make sure it happened!
Christmas. This is one holiday that has eluded me, though. This holiday seems so personal to me. It is a holiday that causes me to want to stay home and reflect on the year and the blessings I’ve received. I know Christmas means so many different things to people. Yet, the true reason is the birth of Jesus. While I may not sit at home and reflect on His birth, I do reflect on the blessings God has given me and those around me.
This year has been – strange. There has been so much hate spewed in the media, between communities, among co-workers, and families torn about over politics (!). It is hard sometimes to sit back and see blessings among the hatred. Nonetheless, God has been omnipresent in my life and the life of those around me.
This year I married the love of my life. Sitting here right now starring at him helping me put together my medical papers for my doctor’s appointment tomorrow, I am still so amazed that I convinced him to love me for the rest of his life. I mean, if you know me, you know I am pretty crazy and quite difficult to deal with daily. Our wedding was absolutely gorgeous – I had no idea it would turn out that beautiful. My family has somehow gotten closer over the planning of my cousin’s wedding and then mine. Finally, it feels like we have all learned how to deal with our transition to adulthood.
My sister’s two children are both in school and adjusting to the new schedule so well (after some bumps in the road for the new preschooler…no one really explains that you CANNOT run through the halls, in his defense). Our relationship has improved a lot – we don’t fight constantly like we used to… probably because we’re grownups now? Eh, are we, though
My job is going very well. I moved up to the felony division and have been working to learn as much as possible to be a great lawyer. With my recent illness, it has been difficult to stay on top of everything, but I have been blessed with the most amazing trial partners and co-workers who always have my back when needed. There is no way to describe how I feel into this job, other than it being God’s hand and timing that placed me there.
My current illness is even a blessing because it has caused me to seriously discuss children with my husband and create an actual plan. It has caused me to slow down, listen to my body and start taking better care of myself. And, it has allowed me to start writing again because I needed an outlet. Now, when I miss a day of writing, I feel lost. It is my lifeline.
When you stop and think, there are blessings everywhere you simply have to be willing to look. My outlook is not always positive. In fact, I’m naturally a pessimistic person. Yet, to make my marriage work and walk in my Savior’s footsteps, I have to make the conscious decision to be positive. It is NOT easy. It is a daily challenge. It is worth it, though.
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