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The Gift of Gratitude...

I have a confession to make.

I, like many others, bought A LOT of “hobby” stuff to do during the pandemic. I thought, “Hey, we are staying home, why don’t I try all the art projects I have been thinking about.”

WELL, a year later I started going through all the stuff I didn’t get around to doing, and now my house looks like a craft store exploded in it! Yikes!

The husband is not too happy that I have taken over two rooms in the house and the floors, along with every other flat surface, are covered with art supplies as I have now decided to turn all those items I purchased into gifts for family and friends. I have assured him all will be back to normal by November 15, but I don’t think he believes me.

Trying to decide what to make for each person has made me really think about the people I love and realize how grateful I am to have them in my life. Each of them has contributed something to who I am, so I want to express my appreciation through the gifts I am making.

I believe this is something we should all do. Not necessarily making gifts – although, with the current shipping issues, it’s not a bad idea.

What I mean is we should all take a moment to think about our loved ones and truly appreciate them. The pace of life often leaves us breathless, so I encourage you to take a moment, breathe, and think about your loved ones. Why does your sister’s laugh make you smile? Why do your dad’s stories make you roll your eyes? How does your best friend always seem to know when you need an encouraging word or a hug? How have these people contributed to your happiness and well-being? After you answer those questions, take another moment and recognize the blessings they are.

Life is hectic, but it shouldn’t be too busy to tell people you love them.

OK, I am done thinking deep thoughts for now. A paintbrush is calling my name.

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