This Time Of Year, I Pause…



I pause to feel grateful . As we enter into this time of year we refer to as , “The Holiday’s”, many people , commercials, advertisements and greeting cards speak of being grateful . So I find myself pondering what ‘ I’m’ grateful for. Everyone seems to have a long, touching list of what they are grateful for in their life. The first, and most obvious thing that comes to my mind is my health and the health of those I love and care about. Then I think of all the happy, fun, loyal, deep connections I’ve had with various people during my lifetime . I’m grateful for the blessing of so many people who have been a part of my life and the experiences and memories I cherish. For me, my life would not be as rewarding without having spent time connecting with so many amazing people. For this, I am grateful ! Anyone who knows me knows how deeply grateful I am that my daughter made it out of her adolescent turmoil! That dark time will forever be a memory of not only deep agony but great growth! And it always gives me perspective on what is important to me. Seeing her on her own path, and observing the strength of her fierce independence and capacity for self dependence is a source of unending gratefulness. My partnership with Scott is a never ending source of gratefulness throughout the year, not only during the holidays. I am deeply, intensely grateful for what our relationship is to both of us! I’m grateful for the way we live our lives ‘together’ and the mutual respect and admiration , loyalty and compromise with which our connection thrives upon.

I think each and every one of us has had our fare share of tragedy and disappointments. And there are many who embrace these aspects of our experiences and choose to give them a staring role in our life and in the person we become. I realize my ‘Rose colored glasses’ are not highly respected in our society and are often looked at as unrealistic by many. Nonetheless , I’m grateful for my ability to forgive and move on from betrayals and from emotional wounds inflicted by life experiences and by people who should never have inflicted them. Im grateful for forgiveness and for the healing power of time passing. The truth is, I’m grateful for the lessons and personal growth I continually choose to walk away with when disappointment crosses my path. I must admit to being a fan of the lemonade that comes from all those lemons ! For the disappointing experiences, and the personal growth resulting from living life, I have collected, and continue to collect countless reasons to be grateful time and time again!

And for my grateful list of not-so-deep things, here it goes… I’m grateful for my business and my career, it’s been rewarding on many many levels! I’ve dearly loved my little salon, great joy has been had by me as a result of that 550 square feet of creativity, external beautification and social interaction ! I also feel grateful for the neighborhood where I’ve lived for nearly 18 years! I worked so hard to afford my home and it’s something I not only feel grateful for but, I must admit, proud as well. I’m grateful for the Adventure that we are about to embark upon! Deeply, intensely , monumentally excited, beyond description ! It’s a lifestyle change which not many people in our life would EVER choose for themselves , yet the outpouring of support from so many people gives me yet another thing to add to my list of things I’m grateful for! It means a lot to us to know that those who know us best are cheering for us and wishing us well. I’m grateful that we have the opportunity and courage to make our dream come true.

I imagine everyone has a long list of things to be grateful for. If you have a moment to click that little “comment” prompt at the bottom of this post, I would have one more thing to be grateful for 😃. I hope you take time to pause during this busy holiday season and consider what you’re grateful for.



About hollycarter184

Life is Good! But it's time for a change, and more adventure! I'd like to share the whole experience of preparing then actually making a reality of expatriating, and moving to a new country. It's an exciting, and slightly scary move full of possibility . I'm looking forward to learning a new language and making new connections with the people who share our spirit of adventure. This blog is my way of continuing my connection with my friends and family in the States. Sooooo here it goes! :)

3 responses »

  1. I am with you in rose colored glasses and lemonade, so much better then spending our lives using and building crutches. What does not kill you makes you stronger… Love Elaine..

  2. You really should write a book!! You do so well in expressing yourself. I love reading your blog. I am very grateful for your friendship which I will truly miss. I am grateful for your expertise with my waning hair, for your interest in others and their lives, for your bright smile and laugh. I am grateful for the opportunity to know you and love you!!

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