Giving Thanks, parts 1 & 2: Work and Sleep

This month is full of reasons for me to be grateful.  First of all, the obvious–Thanksgiving!  Best.  Holiday.  Ever.  But It’s also my birthday, my mother’s birthday, and John’s and my anniversary (all in one week, actually!).
John and I have experienced some extra stresses in our lives lately that have left me complaining and moping a lot.  News Flash: LIFE IS HARD.  But I don’t want to play victim to my circumstances.  I want to be happy and find joy and humor in it all!  I want to have cheer.  So I’m focusing on being thankful, which I feel is quite appropriate for November.  The goal is to blog about something I’m thankful for each day before Thanksgiving.  I want this exercise to help make gratitude a consistant part of my character, and not just something I blog about in the month of November.  Since I missed yesterday, I will write two for today and then keep it daily after that.
We can lift ourselves, and others as well, when we refuse to remain in the realm of negative thought and cultivate within our hearts an attitude of gratitude. If ingratitude be numbered among the serious sins, then gratitude takes its place among the noblest of virtues.
Thomas S. Monson
Today I am grateful that John slept 7 hours last night.  He is an insomniac and usually only gets about 2-3 hours a night.  This leaves him exhausted, you can imagine, and unable to focus on things that are important to him the way he would like to.

This morning when I was getting ready for work, John was completely zonked out on the bed, which is pretty uncharacteristic for him at 6:30 in the morning.  Usually he stirs when I’m rummaging through the closet trying to find an outfit for the day.  But he didn’t budge this morning!  I even checked his breathing to make sure he was alive!  Turns out he WAS, he was just SLEEPING!  DEEPLY!  Then later this morning I got a phonecall at work.  I answered the phone as usual:
“Good morning, Physical Therapy.  This is Jessi, how can I help you?”
And got this response:
“Baby!! Guess who got a full-night’s sleep last night?!  I feel like a million bucks!!”
I’m so grateful he feels refreshed today.  Honestly, JW’s lack of sleeping is one of the heaviest stresses on my heart.  I cannot imagine how awful it would be to not sleep.  I think about him and his exhuastion all the time, which in turn weighs on me.  Poor fella.  But not today, eh?  So gratefgul for that.

(for yesterday)
I’m also grateful for a positive work environment.  I really love my job!  I’ve been miserable at jobs before, and I’ve always dreaded the idea of having to work full-time.  But because of the awesome folks I work with and the family-atmosphere here at Hand and Ortho, I actually LOVE working full-time!  That is one of the biggest surprises and reliefs I could ever imagine.  My job has turned out to be a huge blessing for John and me.  I don’t think I could survive working full-time at a place I didn’t love, so I got really lucky.


  1. The Curtis Couple says:

    Girl- I love this idea! I hope you are using this for your November P-Squared activity! It would be perfect- you could read two conference talks on gratitude and then write on your blog and you got yourself one heck of an activity completed!!
    Love ya!

  2. Lexi says:

    Sounds like Jeff and John should have insomniac parties together. I totally know how you feel about being stressed at their lack of sleep. We’re actually looking into doing a sleep study for Jeff. I love the thankful posts.

  3. Bliss says:

    Um did you know I used to attend at that physical therapy place??? Yeah I met with I think his name is Steve? He is way nice. Let me know if you know him. I am so grateful for your gratitude! woo woo. Thanks for sharing.

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