Monday, 23 April 2012
I logged into Facebook this morning, overwhelmed by my own fog of negativity and saw a couple of posts that got my attention. They referenced those annoying status updaters that never seem to have anything good to say. Those Negative Nellies, those Woe Is Me’ers, those Proclaimers of Gloom and Doom, that we all wonder if donkeys might fly by with hearts and flowers trailing out of their behinds if they were to offer something positive to grace the world of Facebook.
Rather than replying with some witty negativity of my own, and thus becoming part of the problem, I thought it best to issue a request that anyone who read my status offer up something positive. There’s nothing encouraging than starting off your day by reflecting upon what it is you’re thankful for.
So many of you were thankful for, of all things, me. How humbling that was. There were too many to try and respond to each one of you with an individual comment on my status. Instead, I opted to come here and respond to each one of you. Because I respect your privacy, I will remove your last names. So, no worries that I’m flinging you out into the blogosphere unprotected. J
So, without further delay:
Regina: “I'm thankful I can turn on my faucet and get clean water without any thought. Might not seem like much, but considering the alternative...”
You know, I’m thankful for that too. To me, clean water seems like a huge thing. I can always count on you to think outside the box. That makes me thankful for you.
Tana: “Very thankful to God for my wonderful husband. He is perfect for me, I strive to be the kind of wife that he is a husband.
I wish more people felt this way about their spouses. So often, we take them for granted.
Don: My wife... because she makes me a better person.
What can I say? I love that guy up there. ^^ He makes me smile. I’m so glad he told me I was going to marry him. *sigh*
Betty: “Family because they love you no matter what!!
You’re darn tootin’ we do.
Maureen: “I am thankful that God is a living God and that He loves me!”
Me too! I enjoy reading your posts every day. In fact, your post was one of the ones that motivated me to ask what people were thankful for today. The negativity is overwhelming and I feel you on this one. Thank you for being such a positive energy every day.
Amie: “I am thankful for my sweet husband bc he loves me on my good days as well as my bad! He makes me a stronger, better, happier person.”
I am thankful that you and I were able to find a way to forge a friendship in such strange circumstances. You have been a constant reminder to me that there is life after ….. Well, you know. Thank you.
You are such a man, Tim. Lol Thanks for the laugh. I am thankful for bacon too.
Debra: “I am thankful for my husband!! God truly blessed me with a wonderful, kind, caring, hard working man!!
I absolutely know what you mean. I feel the same way about my guy. I know without a doubt that I won the jackpot with him.
Stephanie: “My children they are the reflection of everything I wish I could be.”
Your children are the reflection of everything you are. You raised them. They emulate you. Don’t forget it!
Jerry: “I am thankful for my wonderful wife that God gave to me.Also Iam thankful for my children and grandchildren and stepgrandchildren. But most of all, I am thankful that God saved me. I am thankfull for a wonderful daughterinlaw. I love you Erica.”
I love you too! I have an equally wonderful father in law. Thank you for giving me such an awesome husband.
Dafeenah: “You. Because you are comfortable in the silence. That is a rare gift in a friend.”
I just stinkin’ love you. Thank you for being comfortable in my silence too. It’s nice to know that there is someone out there who gets it, who gets me. If I were a guy I think I’d marry you. *hugs* lol
Barbara: “well you are one of the things I thank God for. you bring joy to my son's life as well as structure. You have been the back bone I never was. I don't just think you have been a positive influence on Don and Donnie, but to everyone including me.
P.S. you also make me more aware of my horrible spelling, so I have to look up a word before I post to your wall... hope that made you smile lol”
I’m thankful for you too. I’m thankful that you entrusted me with your child. What more precious gift is there? We’re family. It’s as simple as that. I did nothing special. You provided the foundation. I just provided a few finishing touches. J
And yes, you made me laugh.
Kim: “that I’m up and walking today.”
I know the feeling. Some might not realize the gravity of such a simple thing. As someone who has had days filled with doubt, I get it. I’m so glad I know you.
Posted by Erica Tomlin