I am thankful for life (1).
It can sometimes feel as though life consists only of painful pasts (2), unfulfilled moments (3) and yearning futures (4), but I am still thankful. Even if there seems to be no end to the emotional suffering (5) and it feels like we’re in a constant struggle (6), I am thankful. Every hardship we encounter offers lessons and values only to be learned by embracing or overcoming our circumstances (7).
We know this; so let’s value it.
But life isn’t only burdensome (8). It also brings fond memories of childhood (9) when you existed without responsibility (10) or worry of greater causes (11). Life brings peace (12), relaxation (13), reward after hard work (14), love (15), family (16), friends (17). It brings optimism (18) and futures with loved ones (19).
I am thankful for the simplest things that life has to offer (20).
Could I not exist without air (21), without food (22) or water (23). Hold your breath. Fast. Go on a run without water. It is in those moments that you find value in life’s basic necessities. I’m thankful for meditation (24) and the mindfulness (25) that arises from it, for that is what helps me notice and remember what often goes overlooked (26).
Shelter too (27), even if it isn’t perfect in outer beauty.
I am thankful for people (28). Behind all the evils and cruelties, we have genuine people building relationships (29) and setting out to do good (30). To love (31). To show compassion (32) and find meaning where none may exist (33).
Most of all, I am thankful for my husband (34). I have a lover (35), a best friend (36), a father to my children (37), a role model (38), and a sexy beast (39) to stare at whenever I please. But really… I have an old soul with whom I can spend the rest of our lives together (40).
Could I even be thankful for my two children (41), who consume all my time, energy and patience? Who have transformed me into a new version of myself (42) through sleep deprivation (43), huge parenting responsibilities (44) and a seemingly halted drive towards personal goals (45)?
Oh, I know so.
Despite many complaints and cries of defeat, my children have taught me true love (46) and self-sacrifice (47). It is because of them that I see how easily I could give up my life for another (48). Because of them that my life perspective has changed for the better (49). I am thankful for their every good morning hug (50), good night kiss (51), and nap or movie-time snuggle (52). Watching them grow from womb to child has been one of life’s biggest blessings (53). One of life’s biggest miracles (54).
Parents (55). In-laws (56). Grandparents (57) and the parents of the grandparents (58) to as far back as human existence travels (59). Without ancestors, our life would not exist (60). Without their guidance, our life would not be what it is now (61). And now is good (62).
I am thankful for animal companions (63). Sometimes, I feel more love for my pets than I do family or friends. But love needs no comparisons or boundaries (64). My pets seek my company and enjoy following me around whether it’s the dog, cats, chickens or sheep (65). And it’s never dependent on my ups or downs (66). I love them!
I am thankful for human intelligence (67), empathy (68) and mother nature (69), which have all come together to discover that our human body can be nourished without killing sentient beings (70). That’s been huge for eating guilt-free (71), healthily (72), and compassionately (73). No more cringing and covering up the slaughter and death with my personal indulgences (74).
Technology (75). I am thankful for medicines (76), environmentally-friendly agricultural advancements (77), sustainable energy sources (78) and efficient machinery (79). And other important technology that has allowed us to grow in ways that are better for both our society and planet (80).
Even the despised yet addicting internet world (81), for it has allowed seemingly outcasted people to connect with other like-minded individuals (82) and gain much needed support (83). It’s provided a greater flow of information (83) and an easier way to stay connected with loved ones (84).
I am thankful to be able to visit new countries (85), experience new cultures (86), learn new ideas and perspectives (87). I’m thankful for the diversity of religion (88) so we can explore spirituality outside of one box (89). I’m thankful for the teachings of both Buddha (90) and Jesus (91), for both encouraged altruistic, loving behavior (92). To live by the Golden Rule (93) and not judge others (94).
Flowers (95). Trees (96). Oceans (97). Music (98).
I am even thankful for my student debt intoxication that opened my eyes up to the world (99).
But more importantly, I am thankful for another day in this journey we call life (100).
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