The past few weeks have been emotionally stressful. There have been many changes here, such as a visit to my oldest son and his little family, kids leaving for college, orchestral prep for fall, and my not-so-wanted friend named depression. I've decided that I need to change some of my behavior this week so I can be happier.
One of the ingredients of happiness is gratitude. In the past few days I have heard health concerns from people who are exactly my age to those who are 15 years younger. The main concern is arthritis. I have thought to myself, "I'm SO GRATEFUL I don't have that challenge...at least not yet. Everything still works, and my fingers can fly pain-free. Oh, thank-you for this blessing!". And I thank the Lord again.
For the past two years I have been the librarian for a couple of area orchestras. In one orchestra things run pretty smoothly; in the other I have more challenges, some of which are difficult. I enjoy learning, and questions/issues in the latter group are good for me because of what I learn, but it really stretches me at times. However, I notice that my brain is happier. He is getting sharper! I'm so grateful for that. I'm also grateful for the increased connections I feel for these orchestras. I don't need a lot of people in my life, but I do need to feel connected. I enjoy the way these librarian jobs connect me to everyone without having to socialize much. After the music part is done I get to join in and perform. That's what I call a "cushy" job!
I'm always grateful for my wonderful sons. We live in a world that is very challenging to young people. I am so grateful they have made good choices when it would have been much easier at times to do otherwise.
I'm grateful for my husband, my companion. He endures a lot. He is generous, strong, and so very intelligent. Such a wonderful mind! I've never met anyone like him. I call him a whole-istic thinker. He's a great problem solver. too. And he is FEARLESS. He loves Christ and has a strong testimony of him, both intellectually and spiritually. He has been a good father, and I often attribute the steadfastness of my children to him. Yes, dads are very important!
Well, enough....I've got lots to do today.
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