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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Day 11 - Gratitude

Today, while doing other chores, I suddenly realized it was time to clean out the lint traps of both my washer and dryer - again. Mundane, boring, but it had to be done. 

As I got on with it, 
I started to feel 
contentment, 
satisfaction 
and 
gratitude. 

I was grateful for  the luxury of having an indoor, automatic washing machine, and a tumble dryer. It's a luxury so many women in the world don't have, and I take them totally for granted. 

So I continued to clean my appliances with loving care. 

Grateful for having them serve me and my family so well. For doing a job that would otherwise take up a lot of time, time I can spend with my loved ones instead. 

Grateful for the ease with which my laundry is done. Sending a thought to those who have to do this job manually, by a river.  

Grateful that my hands are strong and able to wring out a cleaning cloth. Another thing I take for granted.



I finished off the job, and put on a new load of laundry. I made myself a coffee, feeling I deserved a break; one more luxury so many don't have, and went to the computer to write this down.


In doing so, feelings of satisfaction and contentment 
came and joined hands with gratitude.

Satisfaction for a task finished, 
contentment for a job well done, 
and gratitude for my life.


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7 comments:

Sonda Tamarr Allen said...

Yeah, Amen

Karen said...

Wonderful stone today. We often take so much for granted. When we take time to really think about what we have, we realize how blessed we are.

Gemma Wiseman said...

This is so beautiful! Encourages me to go to the laundry to do just this!

J Cosmo Newbery said...

Gratitude. And contentment. Take them where you find them.

pauline said...

this is WONDERFUL! So nice to hear you say you found gratitude in the wash, or in making a coffee. :-)
Great post. THanks for sharing.
Happy CED! xoxo

Barb said...

Your stone is so refreshing in its simplicity. An everyday, ordinary gratitude is balm for the soul. You have reminded me of something important today!

Anne Weizel said...

So true! When I start to complain about walking my dogs in the cold, I remind myself, how many people can't walk. I thank God for another day that my body and legs still work pretty well, and if I lost this ability, then I would give anything to be able to do it.