As I’ve struggled with writing three different articles over the past few weeks and not yet published a single thing, it finally occurred to me to write about something that I am so absolutely familiar with that I would have to completely snuff it out with perfectionism for it not to get published!  So, with today being the last day of November (the month of giving thanks), I realized that writing about gratitude is just right.  (I was about to say “perfect,” but that is a slippery slope for me!)I also realized that I wanted to keep it simple because I believe that,

“The simplest things are the most profound.”

So, instead of writing about gratitude, I will simply write what I usually write when it comes to gratitude — a gratitude list.  Then I will be staying in very familiar territory and improving my outlook at the same time!

Here’s what I am grateful for today

* My husband and our marriage of 18 years.  We’ve had our ups and downs, but I am grateful to say that we currently not only love each other but that we are also enjoying each other’s company these days!* My daughter, who is now 14 years old.  Life sometimes feels like a roller coaster with my teenager, but she is one loving, thoughtful, joyful, creative, talented, intelligent soul who I am proud to say is my daughter.  I am blessed, and I am grateful for her.* My stepdaughter and her family and what loving arms she has extended to me despite all that she’s been through.  My heart is full.* My mom, dad, stepmom, sister, brother, brother-in-law, niece, and my stepmom’s family.  Despite our difference and challenges, I am grateful for the love that we share and for the respect that we have for one another.* Family who are willing and find the resources to come visit us despite the flights and 2-hour trip from the airport involved in getting here.* The many loving, joyous memories of my stepdad and an appreciation of my step-siblings.* Fond memories of my grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.* Dear friends over the years and all of the wonderful conversations that have brought me joy or helped me through difficult times.* Delightful new friends I have recently met and “old” friends I have reconnected with.  I never cease to be amazed at how important friendships are!
* The years I’ve had in recovery programs, which have helped me to weather difficult times in relationships and taught me about loving myself so that I could love others.* The psychologists and coaches I have worked with over the years who have helped me through trying times and facilitated healing of my “ouchies” so that I may more compassionately and effectively coach the people I now work with.* My business and the opportunity to work with people in a way that I find life-affirming, exciting and joyful!* All those who have been supportive of my business, especially my husband and his patience for it all.* My clients’ willingness and courage to journey down new paths, not to mention their amazing creativity and resourcefulness!* My love of writing.
Opportunities and Resources:
* The joy of watching dance and learning to dance.  So challenging and so mesmerizing all rolled into one!* My love of swimming and how strong and graceful it feels to move through the water.  For me, rather like a moving meditation.* The resources for excellent health insurance.* My home and the opportunity to mold it into a place that nurtures and comforts and provides for my family and friends.* Plenty of nutritious, delicious food to eat.* Clothes that keep me protected from the elements and allow me to express who I am.* My own home office to work in.* A state-of-the-art computer.  (This had been on my wish list for a long time so it is particularly exciting to name it!)* A new printer that spits out photos in a heartbeat!* Financial resources to enjoy Christmas (as long as I keep perspective!)

Note: Many years have passed since I wrote this article, but my gratitude remains, especially for the people. In particular, my daughter is now an amazing young adult pursuing her own life as a physical therapist, leaving me all the more grateful, aside from joyful and proud. On the challenging side of life, my husband passed away suddenly several years ago, but while he was doing something he loved, riding his bike. I am deeply grateful for the 27 years he and I shared.❤️

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