Last night The Husband and I were sitting quietly reading our respective books, when he got up, stretched and yawned and said "How many times did you think of me today?" To say I was dumbfounded would be putting it mildly. Where did this question come from? How could I respond honestly with no thought or preparation for such a loaded question?!! So I did what any smart blonde would do and said, "You're overtired. Go to bed." And then I proceeded to sit up way past my bedtime pondering this question.
I have been going around lately with a satisfied grin on my face, thinking that I have discovered the art of living in the moment. I have convinced myself that this enlightenment has come with age and experience as well as a keen sense of self. But I now think I have been missing something here. Doesn't living in the moment mean having thoughts of our loved ones other than the norm; "I hope he gets to work safely, I hope he has his gloves, I hope he doesn't get too stressed out at the office today, I hope they have the ice cream he likes at the store today..."
I say my prayers every night, thanking our Lord for all the blessings He has given me and I ask that He watch over all my loved ones. That is all well and good but The Husbands question has forced me to think more outside the proverbial box. I need to stop the worry which does no good for anybody, and start thinking about things such as his warm smile when I say something funny, or the way he moves his head back and forth as he reads sentences in a book. The way he gets me in a bear hug when we are laughing hysterically over something. These are the things I should stop and think about and include in my day. Not just thoughts of my husband, but all of my loved ones. I am sure it will bring a smile to my face and have me humming a little as I go about my day.
So on this Thankful Thursday I want to thank my husband for coming up with this question (that I still have no idea from where it came or why). I am thankful it provided me the insight to examine how and how often I hold my loved ones to my heart each day outside of my prayers. I will now go to bed at night and not only thank God for blessing me by giving me this wonderful man to spend my life with, but also for giving me the ability to ponder the messages given to me and act on them. My days will be so much more fulfilled.