By luck, I have always had plenty of food and water. I have not had to experience the extreme oppression that is prevalent in other parts of the world. I have warmth. I have more clothing than I will ever need.
As if that is not enough, I have much more.
I am grateful that the passion in my heart lives on; that I can wake up every day and do what I love. I am grateful for the privilege of sharing what I love with the world.
I am thankful for people to cherish, people who need me and believe in me, people I can also believe.
I am grateful for all our heroes, warriors, and survivors.
I wish everyone could have what he or she needs, feel safe, and have the same rights. Therefore, I am grateful for people who spread peace, help others, help animals, help the planet and stand up for justice.
I am grateful for everyone I have ever known, and what they taught me.
I am grateful for forgiveness that brings peace and second chances.
I am grateful for solutions.
I am grateful for freedom.
I am grateful for change.
I am grateful for truth.
I give thanks for everyday pleasures—writers and books, music, art, dancing.
I am grateful for the sun, the clouds, and all the beauty that surrounds me.
I am grateful for home.
I am grateful for this moment.
I am grateful for imperfection, silliness, and madness.
I am grateful for fantasy and imagination.
I am grateful for kindness, for hugs and all the love and light in the universe.
I am grateful because there is something beautiful in everyone.
I am grateful to be alive, to have this day.
I am grateful for fond memories of childhood that overshadow the painful ones.
I am grateful for eighteen years of sobriety, for increasing clarity and for having been ready to heal.
I am grateful for all I have been able to resolve internally, for the darkest moments and rising from every fall.
I am grateful for the realization that my ego was my worst enemy and distorted my perception.
I am grateful for learning from my mistakes, for being able to work through the tough stuff.
I am grateful that I am not bitter.
I am grateful for not giving up, for hanging in there until it was okay.
I am grateful for laughter.
I am grateful for all the learning and evolving.
I am grateful for the beaten dragons.
I am grateful for finding my truth and my voice.
I am grateful for letting go of unworthiness, for self-respect and learning to stand up for myself.
I am grateful for learning to love myself as I am, for letting myself become kinder, learning to love deeply and be there for others.
I am grateful for learning how to be strong, how to share joy, for having learned to trust my instincts and myself.
I am grateful for defying limitations, for not shrinking to please others.
I am grateful for the desire to grow finally exceeding my desire to hold on, for the strength and courage to let go of the things that weighed me down.
I am grateful for the surviving child in me, for my strong wings, for doors opening for me and for the ones that closed behind me after teaching me what I needed to learn.
I am grateful for the shedding of masks and my embracing of authenticity.
I am grateful for the ability to see people and things as they are, including me.
I am grateful for being able to see things from another’s point of view.
I am grateful for the ability to feel empathy and witness the empathy of others.
I am grateful for the amazing struggle that is life.
I am grateful for the ability to keep learning, for all the opportunities to be better and do better, and for all these reasons to smile.
I am grateful because I have everything I need.
Lastly, I am thankful to those who care about my journey and who care what I have to say. Thank you for reading and listening to me.
To those who are struggling, I walked through fire to get here, and I am still walking. Don’t you give up!
Happy Thanksgiving to all!
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