Basically Grateful

March 17, 2011

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For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

As I watch the footage of all that is happening to our friends in Japan, I feel overwhelming sadness. Having lived in Japan for 2 years and having known the exceptional grace and caring of the Japanese people I encountered, it is even more troubling and heartbreaking.  The events of the earthquake and tsunami were devastating in themselves, tragically taking lives, homes and material possessions.  The aftermath of these events takes these challenges to new heights.  Lack of shelter, food, warmth, clothing and other supplies make you realize just how fragile all of our lives are and how everything can change in an instant.  I think of these people as I type this message on my computer in my warm home, on my comfortable couch with my two precious babies sleeping in their rooms and  awaiting my loving husband to come home from his business trip. And as I type, I know how very lucky I am and that I want to kiss my babies a little longer in the morning before heading to work, hug my husband a little longer before we go to sleep tonight, and tell my family and friends how much I love them just because.

It’s these moments of recognition and gratitude that open our hearts to be vulnerable and remind us deeply in our hearts, just how precious the basics, we sometimes all take for granted, are in our lives.

About Shannon Pruitt from 'Mynewfavoriteday'

Welcome to 'mynewfavoriteday. This space is about gratitude and connecting through being open, vulnerable and real. I hope you will enjoy my take on motivation, inspiration and advocacy and will take the opportunity to tell me of your own thoughts and stories. Why I started 'mynewfavoriteday.' I am a childhood surviving, divorced, now happily married, IVF (and now natural pregnancy) success story, working mother of 2 amazing babies who were born 12 weeks premature. As life often seems to surprise you when you least expect it, we added another sweet baby girl M to our family in July of 2013. While our angel minis, Q and E are now 7 years old, our son, Q, has thrived while our daughter, E, has had a much more difficult journey. She is considered special needs and in September of 2012 was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called Angelman Syndrome. And so, as she has grown, so do we as individuals and as family. How to help her, how to celebrate our differences while allowing ourselves to cope with the challenges that we never knew to expect. Thus, while much of this blog is based on our experiences (good and not-so-good), it is also based on how we must not let ourselves become victims of our circumstances but rather advocate in our own lives. A little bit about me and who I am. In my professional life I am a marketer in the Entertainment Industry; however, ‘mynewfavoriteday,’ was not born of entertainment or marketing but rather as a pathway to help myself and others as we try to define who we are as parents, family members, spouses, friends, colleagues and people. I believe in never judging a book by its cover. Every cover is different, and no matter what your cover looks like, you never know how someone's book is written. Like mine. From the outside, you might never know what truly makes me who I am or what I believe. This blog explores the pages on the inside of my book. My vulnerabilities, fears, happiness, and all my triggers through the lens of being grateful for all the amazing blessings I know I have received but sometimes forget in the challenges of daily life. Thanks again for dropping by. I hope you will come back, subscribe, comment, share, and/or just hang out and be inspired or motivated to make each day for yourself or someone else 'anewfavoriteday.' By being here, you have certainly helped to make it mine. xo, Shannon

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