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.
* The joy of watching dance and learning to dance. So challenging and so mesmerizing all rolled into one!
* 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.
* 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!)