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Take stock in what is going well in your life and be grateful. Most things we aren’t grateful for until we don’t have them anymore.
I couldn’t see…I was in a total fog. No, it wasn’t a stressful day at work. It was…literally a fog. Blame it on global warming and some weather reason for warm air and cold air meeting which created treacherous driving conditions, which gave me plenty of time to think.
Fifteen minutes into my drive, visibility was challenging. I couldn’t tell if it was smoke or fog, but I kept going thinking it had to get better. You know how that is when you have a goal in mind and don’t want to be sidetracked? Part of me was thinking, “Lisa…are you an idiot? Turn around…you can reschedule this appointment.” But I was too far in to turn back. At first, I thought it might be a fire. A massive fire. The fog was so thick and seemed to be just about everywhere I would look. I rolled down my window but didn’t smell anything. Not to say that is the best way to determine a fire, but I didn’t know what else to do.
The fire theory went by the wayside as I kept driving, and this fog kept wrapping itself around my car. This was the most intimidating fog experience I have ever had. It made me think that I could end up in a car accident. Knowing my route would take me to the freeway three-fourths of the way to my destination, I was worried. But, pulling over was not possible. There were no buildings or parking lots for me to pull into and wait it out. This was rural Ohio.
To control my anxiety…I started thinking about what I am thankful for. Here is what I came up with:
I write this article to encourage you to start before the holiday festivities begin, to think about what you are grateful for. Take stock in what is going well in your life and be grateful. Most things we aren’t grateful for until we don’t have them anymore. This is a time to remember what you are thankful for.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and share your gratitude list with me.