What I am Thankful For
It's that time of year when we get a day off from work to gorge ourselves, watch television and get ready for Christmas shopping. Asked, "What are you grateful for?" most people come up with the obvious "family, health, a job." These are all wonderful, legitimate things to be grateful for and which we too often take for granted.
Like many others I have had a challenging time recently and I have been thinking, "What am I grateful for?" Here is my own short list
- Friends, family, gurus and those who support and validate me during hard times
- Those who teach me patience; whether they realize it or not
- Those circumstances that force me to draw on my resilience. Those who know me are aware that resilience is one of my interests and core values. It's always harder to practice it than to preach it. I am grateful for the oportunity to prove it works
- My brain. That sounds odd. But I am grateful that -despite everything- I can think, moderate my thoughts and my attitude, regardless of what's happening around me.
For you, the list might be different. In addition to the obvious, you might be grateful for the decision to go for your dream, think outside the box, go back to school, learn a new skill. If you have had the courage to step away from a job or other relationship that has not served you well, and not supported your best self, then you should be proud-and grateful.
In addition to the obvious relationships- and being part of a valuable profession that makes a difference in people's lives everyday- what else are you grateful for?