Counting My Blessings

I try to be a thankful person. A grateful person. An appreciative person. I really do. But I don't always do a great job at counting my blessings. Life has been giving me the middle finger this week, and that makes it hard to put things into perspective. But yesterday I realized that as bumpy, stressful, and sleep-deprived as this week has been, if I just change perspective a little, it's actually been pretty great.

Some things the Universe has bestowed on me this week:
  • Two canceled classes on Monday (one of which was an 8am). Now, I feel bad that my good karma came at the misfortune of others (two of my professors were very sick), but I had a million and one things to get done that day and having those 2 extra hours was crucial to getting them done. 
  • A facial on Tuesday night. Maybe this is technically more of something Ben bestowed on me since he paid for it, but...semantics. I'm so thankful to have been able to take that hour for myself. I immediately felt better when I left.
  • A store letting me buy something before they opened. I had a big lab report due yesterday, and I had all morning free after 9am so I planned to work on it after that time. However, Tuesday night at 11pm my Macbook charger died, leaving me with 30% battery, with 8 pages of fluid mechanics left to write about, and still needing to use my computer for an hour in class the next day before I could even work on the lab. So in the morning I went straight to the bookstore when they opened at 9, only to be told they no longer sell Apple products and to try a different store that didn't open until 10. Conveniently, that store is right next to a Starbucks, so I headed over to waste a valuable hour there before the store opened. As I pulled up on my bike I saw a man unlocking the door of the store, so I asked him if they did in fact sell chargers, lest I waste even more time. He told me that they did and even though they didn't open for an hour, he let me come in and buy it anyway. There were several employees already there and they were so nice and helpful. Made my damn week.
So maybe that's not a lot, but it's not nothing either. It's this has been a straight-up ass-kicker, but sometimes it's the little things, right?


12 comments :

  1. I think when it hasn't been the best week, it's especially important to think about the little things that did go right! One of my close friends this week is going through something terrible and it's made me put things into perspective even more! Those little moments, like when my mom just texts me to say goodnight, really do mean a whole lot more!

    That's awesome the store let you come in early! Why do computers seem to break down right when you don't need them to?! Also 8 pages of fluid mechanics...yicks!

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  2. So sorry your week hasn't been easy on you, but I love that you took some time out to think of the ways in which it was good. I keep forgetting to write down my daily gratitude, which I tried to recommit to with journaling this month, but I need to make it a priority. It really is so helpful in getting you to put things in perspective. Hope the rest of your week goes smoothly into the weekend! :)

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  3. I've had the week from hell, too. I'm glad that you have been able to see the good things. It's hard to do sometimes.
    No 8 am class is ALWAYS a win. Always. Sorry sick profs... ;)

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  4. I feel ya... been right there with you with the crappy week, but last night after telling Jared all about it we tried to change our attitudes and think of the good that has come out of stuff recently. I'm glad for that nice man letting you in a store early AND for that facial you got. I've only had one in my life (on our honeymoon!) and it was the best experience ever- so so relaxing.

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  5. It seriously is the little things sometimes that make the biggest difference! So nice they were able to let you in to get the charger! I've never had a facial, but I'm sure it was amazing!

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  6. oh my gosh, what a nice employee to let you do that! that certainly doesn't happen a lot.
    i hope your weekend makes up for the shitty week. i try to be grateful as well sometimes but if you asked me to list 3 things today, not sure i could.... :-|

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  7. That's totally a lot! It's the little things. And that charger thing is a HUGE thing!

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  8. I absolutely beleive in good karma. You put good into the world and you get it back! And yay for the store opening early, I love some good customer service!

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  9. Facials are always such a nice treat! Sounds like a lot of good things happening :)

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  10. Cancelled classes are pretty much the best thing ever when you're in school! P.S. I will be driving through Virginia this weekend and plan on making a pit stop in Blacksburg. I went to VT but haven't been back there in 4 years. I am so excited!!

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  11. Bad weeks are awful, and I feel like everything just pours on when it's bad so it just gets worse. I'm glad you were able to focus on some of the good things this week, though! How nice of that store to let you buy something earlier than they opened!

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  12. Those weeks are the worst. I think we all have been there. I hope the weekend turns around for you. Good for you for trying to find some joy in the little positive things.

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