At my last support group, the leader handed out a paper to be filled out about what you are grateful for. I could have easily filled it out then and there with the simple things like my husband, kids, our home, my mom, my family, and my incredible friends. But I really wanted to go in depth with things on this one. So, here is my list.
I am grateful for:
- A world where (mostly) a difference in opinion is okay.
- A world that will (mostly) accept my kids the way they are.
- My intuition. I knew something was not right. I just knew. And I listened to it.
- My stubbornness. I wouldn’t accept the answers the doctors were giving me so I followed up every week until they figured out what was wrong.
- A body that can contain the leak it formed in its own way and then heal quickly after having surgery to fix it.
- Love. All of it. A parent’s love. The love of a couple. The love of food. The love of sharing, helping, and just being.
- Hope. Hope for now, hope for the future, hope for society.
- Happiness. Pure happiness such as the look on my kids’ faces on Christmas morning. Pure, unadulterated, happiness.
- God or spiritual ancestors guiding us. There is no book (other than the Bible) to life, but I believe our ancestors are guiding us through this life.
- Being alive. I’ve lived through so much. Including suicide attempts. I can write a blog about that later, but right now I’m grateful I lived through them.
- I am so grateful to have a life that I love and enjoy. I surround myself with positivity so that I can send that back into the universe. I try not to get down on anything because there is always something to be grateful for.
I found this worksheet a little difficult as I didn’t want to use easy things that are obvious. But once I got started, it all came out.
I want to challenge you to do the same thing. Come up with 5, just 5 things you are grateful for. Send them to me, or don’t. But at least try.
Be grateful for what you have. Not angry or spiteful for what you don’t have. You’ll only make yourself miserable.