I am grateful today for life. I am grateful that I got to see my dad this weekend. We had an engaging conversation about social issues in the United States. We don't talk that often, so I'm always grateful when the universe aligns in a way that allows us to spend quality time together.
I'm thankful for my mother as well. She has been through so many things that I'll probably never know, and did an amazing job raising me and my brother as a single mom.
I am grateful for this book club that I put together about two months ago. All of the members get to chose one book for the group to read, the only criteria is that the book's content must revolve around the theme of 'Identity'. The book club is helping me look at aspects of myself that I have shied away from for a long time. A lot of it is painful, but overall, I feel like this new knowledge is allowing me to view the world from a higher vantage point. I'm able to connect qualities about myself and the way that I interact with the world in a different way. I'm also able to see past myself and take on new interests that are outside of me... I used to have no interest in politics, but the more I learn about myself, the more connected I feel to the rest of the world. I feel involved. Responsible. Connected.
I am grateful that my tolerance for distress has increased, and I am grateful that I am able to live with myself even on the bad days. There was a time when that was the greatest struggle. I am grateful that I am able to look back and remember each battle that I have overcome and remind myself that I can survive whatever comes next.
I am grateful for my dreams, and for hope. I am grateful that I haven't given up and that I am still striving to leave a positive mark on this world. I am grateful that I know there is a lot left to learn, and a lot more to do.