Thursday, October 10, 2013

Warning : Sappy post ahead. Tread carefully.

In our world today, a lot of people tend to forget that "things" aren't really all that important.  I am sure that they realize that "things" shouldn't be important, but their priorities suggest otherwise.  Such a high value is placed on items that we now view success in a strictly monetary sense.

I can honestly say that it doesn't take much to make me happy. To remind me just how much I have to be thankful for. I am not trying to toot my own horn or anything. Maybe I am just easy to please.  :)

You see, I grew up in a big, tight-knit family. {Pause for The Waltons theme song.} We didn't have a lot of money, but we made the best of everything. We laughed together and loved each other through every situation.  Sure, it wasn't ALWAYS fun and games, but the good most definitely outweighed the bad. Even now, we place such high value on our relationships that I know that I can count on them for anything {see: my brother picking us up and driving two hours round-trip just to help us out}.

Also important to note - "family" isn't always a blood relation.  I have people that I could count on for anything, and I don't share their DNA even slightly

Yes, I definitely realize how blessed I am.

Another relationship that I {obviously} value is my grandmother.  I call her daily just to check in and let her know that I am thinking about her.  And once a month, we travel five hours to see her and the rest of our family in Reform, AL {aka "the country"}.

Visiting the country and watching my boys play is pretty high on my grateful list.

Also, eating fruit directly from trees that haven't been touched with anything other than sunlight and rain is amazing.

It's the simple things in life for which I am so grateful and I vow to remind myself that these things {family, relationships, my boys, and our experiences together) are the things that are most important - no matter what is going on around us.  I promise to remind myself daily that I am the happiest, wealthiest, and most successful person in the world.  

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