Tuesday, November 24, 2009



Sometimes I get too caught up in all the things I don't have in life. I'm not rich. I don't have a fancy house. My hair is straight, my clothes are old. You get the picture. Basically, I'm a whiner. Aren't we all at times? Today I thought I would take some time to think about all the things I should be thankful for. With Thanksgiving just a couple days away, what better time.
I thought instead of doing the typical list I would name some of the things that I normally complain about and find the good in them.

1. What better place to start than with my job. It doesn't pay enough and the people make me crazy. Thankfully I have a job. Too many people are out of work these days.

2. My roof is in desperate need of repairs but the cost is just not in the budget. At least I have a roof over my head. With the economy the way it's been, many are losing their homes.

3. The couch that has a blanket covering it to hide the hole in the cushion from a dog my daughter used to have. No it's not beautiful but I still have a comfortable place to sit.

4. The pile of dirty dishes sitting on my counter. Thankfully I had something to eat.

5. The pile of bills that came in the mail. Not one of them says past due.

6. The pig stye that is also known as my sons bedroom. Thankfully that one means that he came home from Iraq alive.

7. The aching back that I always have (due to scoliosis) Thankfully I can still get out of bed every day and FEEL every ache.

8. All the things that I want but can't afford to buy. If I had everything I wanted what would there be to dream about?

9. The carpet in the dining room that has been pulled up at the edge and chewed on. That means I have a cute adorable furry little Duke who entertains me on a regular basis. (double points on this one because thankfully he no longer does this)

10. The family that irritates and annoys me on a regular basis. I have people who love me.

I'm sure I could go on but after listing 10 I'm starting to feel like a real schmuck for being such a whiner...lol

29 comments:

Sandee said...

This is perfect Ann, perfect. It made me smile all the way through. I can relate to more than one of these. Thanks for such a touching post.

Have a terrific day and a wonderful Thanksgiving. :)

Donna said...

...If you listened to Christmas jingles, you'd feel better...Hahahaaa...love you Anyway!!
Happy Thanksgiving sweetie!!
hughugs

January said...

This is interesting Ann!
Sometimes I whine because I had so many task at work after reading this post it makes me thankful too that at least I have a job, I earned enough to live a decent life....

Have a Nice Day Ann!

Ann said...

Sandee you are most welcome and glad I could make you smile. a happy thanksgiving to you also

Donna, hmmm maybe I should go back over to your blog and turn the sound up this time huh?...lol

January, I guess it's just all in how you look at things isn't it. Have a great day yourself.

Lin said...

I like your Positive Polly Post!! Happy Thanksgiving, Ann! Give Duke a big smoochie for me. :)

BeadedTail said...

I like the positive twist on things Ann! Thanks for helping me see the good in the things I whine about too. And you are very lucky to have cute little Duke!

Sharkbytes said...

I like the idea. It reminds me of the quote: "God is not nearly so interested in what happens to you as his is in what you do with what happens to you."

Swapna said...

Great post Ann...Happy Thanksgiving....

Jen said...

Sometimes we get so focused on the overcast conditions, we forget to look for the silver lining in each individual cloud. Great post!

SGR said...

Woof! It sure a great way to think about things your are thankful for. The best way to take the bad with the good. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Sheri said...

Very well said! It wouldn't be a bad idea for me to write a thank you post. Sometimes we get so caught up in our daily lives that we don't take the time to think about and appreciate how lucky we really are.

Thanks for the reminder.

One Creative Queen said...

That's a great way to look at things. I hadn't thought of turning around everything I whine and complain about. Hmmm Now that I think about it, I'm too exhausted to do it. I'd rather just complain. lol

I hope you have a VERY nice Thanksgiving. I'll be with you in spirit - and I know one thing I'm thankful for, and that is wonderful friends like you. Without YOU, I wouldn't be as sane as I am. See how important you are?? ;) Happy Thanksgiving - I love ya! xx

Me-Me King said...

Indeed, we all have a lot to be thankful for. Here's wishing you a happy Thanksgiving.

Daisy said...

Gosh, what a great post! I think it really is all in how you look at things. Happy Thanksgiving to you.

Jude said...

Nice thankful list Ann and very positive. Have a wonderful holiday and I'm so glad your Son is home safe.

Ann said...

Lin, positive polly...lol I like the sound of that,
consider Duke smooched

Beaded tail, eh I figure once a year I can swing it...lol

sharkbytes, good quote, I should try and remember it often :)

Swapna, happy thanksgiving to you also

Jen yeah maybe we should start ripping open clouds more often huh

SGR well seeing whining about it all wasn't doing any good so I figured why not find something good in it

Sheri, exactly

One creative queen aww shuck, I'm feeling pretty thankful for friends like you also. I'm sure glad you consider me one of yours

Me-Me more than we know, happy thanksgiving to you also

Daisy thank you kind of a glass half empty or half full perspective on life.

Jude thanks a wonderful holiday to you also.

B Boys Mom said...

What a wonderful post and no you are not being a whiner at all. Some times it just takes a little look around to put everything in check and to see all that we really have. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

vickie said...

you got it!!!

Happy Thanksgiving sweetie!

Grampy said...

You made us all tink about what we are thankful for.That is what Thanksgiving is all about.Thanks Ann.

Ann said...

B Boys Mom Oh if you could only hear me in person, I whine a lot...lol Happy thanksgiving to you

Vickie, Finally :) Happy Thanksgiving

Grampy said...

I believe I should be thinking and not tinking.

Ann said...

Grampy, I don't care if you tink or think as long as you keep coming around and making my day. :) Hope you have a wonderful thanksgiving

Nessa said...

I have a lot to be thankful for and I tend to forget how blessed I am... thank you for the reminder :D

May your heart be glad and your home be happy at this joyful time of thanksgiving.

Bernie and Debbie said...

I'm thankful for your friendship, Ann. You're my only friend up here in the Northwest PA area. Thanks for going places with me. It has been a ball. Happy Thanksgiving to you!! I love your blog. Debbie

Ann said...

Nessa, we all forget sometimes. What a beautiful sentiment that is.

Bernie and Debbie, I'm awfully thankful for your friendship as well Debbie, we need to find a new adventure to go on soon

Grace said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours...

Miawa said...

You are so right Annie. I forget to look for the upside too. This is an awesome list because you took everything and turned it into the positive. We have so much to be thankful for don't we? and this is the time to stop and make ourselves think.
HAVE A MAGNIFICENT THANKSGIVING
love you my friend
Miawa

Ann said...

Grace a happy Thanksgiving to you also

Miawa, love you too, and it's people like you who I am very greatful for. Happy Thanksgiving to you

Bonehead said...

Well said Ann!

Sometimes we need to look past the things that trouble us and remember how lucky we actually are. Holidays can be over-commercialized, but if Thanksgiving can make us reflect on what we should really be thankful for - then it's truly a great day! Hope you and yours have a great one!!

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