Do you know what though? I can easily come up with a list of 500 things I’m thankful for. I’ve never written out a list of a 1,000 things, but I think that will come semi-easily as well. Even though a messed up wrist feels like a big deal to me as a writer, I’m not going to let it get me stressed out or discouraged. I have so many blessings in my life. I have more than enough food, shelter, care and abilities. I am surrounded by people who love me. I have story ideas like crazy. I have the resources to help others.
This morning I decided to write my list of 1,000 things I am thankful for. My wrists/hands/arms have still been bothering me so I knew I would have to take my time with the list, so I worked for a few minutes then got up and did other jobs around my office to give my wrists a break, then came back and wrote for a little bit more. I was about a thousand words (200 things I am thankful for) into the list when I knew I needed to set the list aside and give my hands a break for a couple of hours.
These last couple of weeks have been a good reality check for me. My writing has been almost zero, but my blessings have been mind blowing. Every day I’ve marveled over how I am warm. I’m not really hungry. I’m not mourning family members who have been killed. I don’t have to be concerned about where I’m going to sleep tonight.
I keep wanting to freak out about what will happen if my wrists don’t heal. If the exercises and breaks I’ve been giving them don’t work. If the change in my writing set-up don’t make a positive impact. I feel shackled with having to keep my feet flat on the floor while I’m writing. Whenever I stop and think about it though, I’m overwhelmed with the good things in my life and instead of complaining or worrying I want to focus on others and helping them. My “problems” are practically nothing compared to what a lot of the world is experiencing.
So, even though I don’t have my list of things I’m thankful for ready for today, and it might not even be finished by tomorrow, I’m so extremely thankful and am working on remembering that, no matter what.