Gratitude on Hard Days

The past two weeks have been rough. After a turbulent trip home from Israel-Palestine, I immediately got hit with allergies which triggered an autoimmune response that locked up my whole body. My back went into spasm. My kids got sick. And then I got the stomach flu.

There has been so much to complain about.

Which means this is the perfect time to make a gratitude list.

Giving thanks is easy when everything is going your way. But choosing to give thanks is even more important when the world seems to be crashing down around you.

Gratitude gives hope to the weary soul.


So in the midst of sickness and aches and pains, here are a few things I’m grateful for:

  • Making it home safely, no matter how long it took.
  • The Yoga Room at the San Francisco Airport (seriously, the best thing).
  • Kids who know how to let me rest when my body is aching.
  • Energy to take care of my kids when they’re sick.
  • Enough quarters to do laundry.
  • The fact that Jeff’s road trip didn’t start until the day after my 24-hour fever.
  • Applesauce and 7Up.
  • Best friends who are safe to complain to.
  • The team trainer making time to work on my back spasms.
  • An apartment with two bathrooms.

I hope you had a wonderful week, but if you didn’t, try making a gratitude list. You just might find a few pinpricks of light in the darkness.