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Why should I be grateful?

Today I woke up with a great deal of pain. I could have easily given in, stayed in bed and let this day go past. But I can’t. Even with the pain I can get up and walk on my own. I can take care of myself and those I love. Because of that, I am grateful for today.

In fact, I have many reasons to be grateful.

I am grateful that despite growing up feeling unworthy of love, I now share an epic love with my husband that is beyond anything I ever dreamed.

I am grateful that despite years of low self-esteem and the pain of teenage abuse and rape, I have had a hand in raising a beautifully confident daughter who bravely stands up for what she believes in.

I am grateful that despite past bad relationships where I allowed men to treat me badly, I have helped raise two young men who are respectful of the women in their lives.

I am grateful that despite the bad events of my life, love remains, my heart is open and I am learning to trust.

I am grateful that despite living many years of my life governed by fear, I am learning to live each day fully and pressing against my comfort zone every day.

I am grateful for all that has happened in my life, for lessons learned. Even the painful ones. Because this life has made me who I am. It has taught me compassion for those who are weak or hurting. It has taught me respect for those who sacrifice. It has taught me that I am part of something bigger and that I don’t walk this path alone. It has taught me that love truly does win in the end.

With all I have experienced, with all I have become, with all I am blessed with, how can I not be grateful?

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