Post-Thanksgiving Reflection

I have been trying to start on my homework for the past hour, and I cannot get myself to do it. The cold and rainy weather is making it hard to do anything but snuggle up on the couch and watch Lifetime movie network all afternoon. I decided to take a quick power nap but instead I found myself on the couch unable to turn my brain off. As I was lying there in silence, I had a chance to turn off the constant clutter of thoughts; that my friend is how I found myself here writing this post.

We often get so caught up in our daily grind of life that we forget to take a break and allow ourselves to breathe. This week my anxious mind has been running on high speed worrying about how much homework I have, how many people I have to see, when I can workout, bleh bleh bleh. SO many to-do lists were running through my mind. I never got the chance to think about what I am thankful for. I mean, that’s what this time of year is for right? Reflection? Self-awareness? Peace? I was exhausted from my constant flow of thoughts and allowing myself to slow down gave me the ability to be in conscious thought and reflect on what I am grateful for. So I decided to make a list of what stood out most to me:

1)    The United States of America.

It’s sad to see how fallen our world is. I could worry all day about what’s going on, but that wouldn’t change anything. Instead, I thank God for allowing me to live in a country that allows me to worship my God, gather with my family and go after my dreams. So many do not have the opportunities that we all take for granted. Education, health care, you name it, we most likely have it. God bless the USA!

2)    My family.

I never valued my family as much as I do now. They are strong, hard-working, selfless, humble, forgiving and most God-fearing bunch of people I know. I wish nothing more than to be like them one day!

3)    My health.

I haven’t been on top of my gym grind this semester, but I have appreciated my health and how delicate it is. I love the feeling of being strong and in shape. I feel like I can do anything I set my mind to and be the best person I can be when I am in shape. I see that it is easy to overlook our health when you’re young and I am so grateful God has given me the self-awareness and knowledge I need to be strong, healthy and happy!

4)    Lubbock

My journey at Texas Tech has taught me some valuable lessons about life. I am thankful for the friends I have met who have been there throughout all of the trials and tribulations. I am thankful for the way Lubbock has made me the young woman I am today! It’s a great day to be alive and a red raider! Wreck Em’.

5)    The necessities.

Running water, food in my belly, a roof over my head, functional car, shoes on my feet, rain/the sunshine, electricity, etc. There are so many overlooked blessings that add quality to daily living. I am so grateful for the little things that allow me to live a clean, sanitized and functional life.

There are so many other things that I am grateful for, but it would take days to write about them all! I encourage you to take a moment to reflect and write down what you are thankful for.

Xoxo

Alee

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