Saturday, November 3, 2012

Gratitude Journal

 At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us." -Albert Schweitzer 

When I found the above quote, I knew it needed to be in this gratitude post. I feel like my light is a slow burning ember right now. This crazy roller coaster called deployment catches me off guard some days. I'm doing ok. I'm not having particularly high or low emotions. I kind of feel I may be in my groove; unfortunately, the groove is even-keel more than anything. I do what I need to do. I'm silly with my kids. I socialize with the neighbors. I converse with my friends and family. But, overall, I think I'm just ticking off days on a calendar.

I don't think it would be surprising to say deployment is lonely. Not because I am alone but because I'm without a very key person in my life. My grandma always says you can be in a room full of people and still feel alone. I guess that is a good analogy for deployment.

As I sit to write this gratitude post, I am deeply grateful for those people Albert Schweitzer talks about. People who continue to "rekindle" my slow burning ember with their spark. 

I am thankful for... a cup of coffee with a friend. Hugs from my Bible Study gals. An invitation to come see the new office from old co-workers. A phone conversation with my "adopted" little sis. A phone call from my actual little sis. And from my mom. My morning text messages from a dear friend. A walk with the neighbor. Happy kids. Sweet comments on a blog post. Encouraging emails from hubby.

These are my sparks when months of deployment feels like years.
I am so grateful.   

Linking up with {Bee}autiful Blessings


  1. I love this post!! :) You are an amazing blogger and person.

    1. Sweet comments on a blog post *ding ding* You are a great encourager.

  2. Thanks for linking up! Hubs and I were long distance for awhile (which I realize is not even comparable to a deployment) so I can kind of relate to that loneliness. I wouldn't wish it upon anyone. I think you've totally got the right mindset, though. It's all about the little things :)

  3. I love the idea of making a gratitude list! Sometimes it takes me actually writing things down for me to realize how good i really have it!