Gratitude

Question #3 to begin 2011

What three things can I consistently do to energize me? Or what three things make me really happy right this moment?

I’m working on a list of 100 things that make me happy. More to come on that later. Right now, the first part of that question intrigues me. What can I consistently do to energize me?

Energy has long been an issue in my life, thanks to recurring battles with anemia. My most recent battle was probably the worst. It hit in the middle of my term as RWA president and grew steadily worse, so that by June of that year I had to abdicate a couple of responsibilities, including a long-anticipated trip to Book Expo America. For a few months, I found it a chore just to get out of bed in the morning, and I slept probably 22 hours out of every 24. That’s really no exaggeration. Everything suffered as a result – my career, my relationships . . . everything.

I’m feeling much better now, but I still have to guard my energy levels pretty carefully. Going to church for an hour no longer leaves me so exhausted I can’t lift my head for the rest of the day, but a full day of activity is still really difficult. But I’m getting better all the time, and I can get through the day pretty well most of the time, for which I’m mind-numbingly grateful.

But I want to think about this on a different level than iron tablets and multi-vitamins. I want to think of the little things that put the wind beneath my wings on any given day.

· A clean kitchen, absolutely. I love walking into the kitchen and finding it clean and ready for me to use it rather than cluttered and waiting for me to clean it. I’ve always loved a clean kitchen, but haven’t always been all that good about maintaining one. But for the past year or so I’ve been very conscious of the concept of being a good steward of the things God has given me, and my house (especially my kitchen) is one of those things.

· A made bed. Walking into my bedroom and seeing the covers straight, the pillows plumped and the throw pillows properly thrown makes me feel better every time.

· Letting the sun shine in. I need the sunlight. Nothing makes me feel more lethargic than closed blinds or drawn curtains during the daylight hours.

Answering these three questions wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be. It required some thought, but now that I’ve done it, I’m very glad I did.

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