Cultivating a Life of Gratitude

I am committing myself, during 2010, to attempt to cultivate a greater awareness of how much I have to be thankful and grateful for by sharing my daily findings and musings with you. It is my hope that by blogging about gratitude, I will be more aware of what is going on around me in my life, my family, my friends' lives and our world.

April 12, 2010


Last night Ross and I pulled into the driveway at the same time.  He was on his cell phone.  As soon as he had hung up, he said "Em, I have some TERRIBLE news".  If you know Ross, you know he is NOT dramatic - even a little bit.  So, of course I immediately think ... who died?!  And he proceeds to tell me, " one died but I did loose my wedding ring at baseball tryouts, tonight".

Hmmm ... here is my majorly thankful moment.  I just shrugged it off and was SO thankful no one had died it was really not a big deal in comparison to what I thought he was going to tell me.

Tonight, his brother, mom, and a friend from church (equipped with metal detector) combed the field where he was last night.  No luck.  I am thankful for Ryan who showed up to help Ross with the metal detector.  I'm thankful for family willing to hunt for the missing ring.

I think the thought that continues to run through the back of my head is "a ring is replaceable, Ross is not".  One of our college friends lost her husband in a tragic drowning accident last summer.  This accident has given me a different perspective on what is truly important.  While I'm a tiny bit sad about the ring,  it's replaceable and you can't take it with you when you die ... so really?!  In light of eternity, this is just not a big deal.

Plus, I'm thinking about a new ring already and how I can perhaps get rid of/boil down some of my gold jewelry from previous boyfriends to make him a new ring.  Is that weird!? :)


  1. What a blessing to have this great perspective! (My dad lost his ring golfing once. It happens.) I say cash in the old jewelry and get something new. :)

  2. i wouldn't make a new ring for ross out of stuff from the hs bf's.....i agree with ang, cash in the old stuff and get something new:). we don't want ross weighed down by reminders of those, nice boys. :)

  3. Haha - you girls are funny. I was just thinking it would be 're-using' but Ross likes the cash it in idea too. :)