I saw the above phrase on Facebook courtesy of Beach Cottage Life and it prompted me to reflect on how I spent this past Christmas Day. From two different friends, I received invitations to spend part of the day with them. Being away from my blood family (since I feel when you choose friends well, they become your extended family), these were perfect ways for me to be surrounded by people I care about and not dwell on not being home in San Antonio. Today I am grateful for my friends who think enough of me to include me in their family gatherings. I started the day by attending church, and then had lunch with one of the most thoughtful and best individuals I know, Terri Moyer. I ended the day by having dinner with another friend, Connie Lang, and her family. There were kids enjoying both their toys and hanging out with cousins, sisters harassing each other (all in good fun) and wine enjoyed by all. By the time I left her house, my mouth hurt from laughing. Not a bad way to spend Christmas.
I am thankful for my health, my faith and for knowing that I have the power to change my surroundings. I can choose to keep looking back on the past in a negative way or look ahead and concentrate on the positive and endless possibilities that await me. Last, but certainly not least, I am grateful that in 3 days I will see my sister, parents and 2 of my nephews and niece.
I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas and were surrounded by those you loved. If you care to share what YOU are grateful for today, I would love to hear it.