One of my favorite videos to watch this time of year is this one:
I shared it with my night class earlier this week on a day that I needed some extra encouragement to look for the good around me. This was me as I was leaving the doctor who told me to not move my shoulder for two weeks. (Yeah, no big deal I just have 3 small kids and one sleeps in a crib.)
I sent this picture (sorry this was real life) to the Smart One and told him the diagnosis of waking up with shoulder pain and not being able to lift my arm. The doctor called it Bursitis, to me it just feels like I'm old and not even 35!
I went home overwhelmed at the thought of my to do list. I had school stuff to get done and my house was a wreck (it was the day after Halloween after all). Of course the Smart One immediately calmed me down and helped me prioritize, he's good like that. He and the kids cleaned up while I taught my class.
As I showed the video to my class I was reminded of some great blessings I had at that moment.
1. How great of a blessing our bodies really are, I still have my health and can function ok.
2. Freezer meals are perfect at times like this, so glad I did a bunch with one of my besties last month!
3. I have a pretty amazing husband and pretty great kids! Truly, I'm not just saying that.
4. A season in which to strive to focus on those things I'm grateful for.
Yesterday I started looking for some quotes for Thanksgiving and came across this talk that Pres. Uchtdorf gave 4 years ago in general conference, Of Regrets and Resolutions
My favorite part was this:
"Brothers and sisters, no matter our circumstances, no matter our challenges or trials, there is something in each day that can bring gratitude and joy if only we will see and appreciate it.
"Perhaps we should be looking less with our eyes and more with our hearts."
I look forward to being able to stand up straight to do my hair and put on makeup in the (hopeful) near future. Until then my goal is to try harder to find gratitude and joy in each day.