In September, Ellen, my sister-in-law, and I went on a wonderful two-week trip to Spain. We flew to Barcelona and spent three days in that incredible city, and then cruised around the coast of Spain, ending in Lisbon, Portugal. Barcelona is one of my favorite cities—incredible energy level and the best lobster paella ever. Like hundreds of thousands of visitors before us, we fell in love with Gaudi’s work, specifically the Park Guell and the Sagrada Familia. The excursions to various ports, the food, and the Sangria were all part of our incredible trip.
The only annoying part of the trip was packing and unpacking. It will not surprise you to learn that both Ellen and I over packed—day-clothes, dinner outfits, work out things, bathing suits, hanging out clothes, shoes, jewelry…far, far, far too much. Other women wore white shorts during the day, changing their t-shirt daily and simple black slacks in the evening with various tops. But not Ellen and me!!! No way! Every time you turned around we changed our entire look.
Whenever I had a few moments alone, I found myself looking over the railing of the ship saying my prayers…early morning, sometimes in the afternoon after an excursion ashore, and also in the evenings under the stars. I thanked God for my children and grandchildren, His help through various life challenges, my health, my friends, my SUCCESSTROGEN readers, and the various gifts He has given me.
It’s funny but one morning it came to my mind that with the two large suitcases filled with dresses, shoes, and jewelry, never once did I thank God for those things. Nor did I thank Him for where I live or the car I drive. And right then I was reminded of something I read by Jess Taylor …..”What if you woke up today with only the things you thanked God for yesterday?”
And there you have it…my children and grandchildren, my friends, readers, and the gifts God has given me…If that was all I had when I woke up this morning, I would be a very happy, blessed and “rich” lady. I wouldn’t live on the beach any longer and probably would be walking everywhere. Maybe people would no longer compliment me on the dress I was wearing or how I decorated my condo, but I would be loved, healthy, and happy.
I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving, being very thankful for your health, family and friends as well. But seriously,
“What If you woke up in the morning and only had those things you thanked God for yesterday?”