Feelings, Gratitude, Life

12 things i’m grateful for today 20/12/12

Despite my grief and sorrow at having been caught in a cycle of emotional abuse, I feel lucky to be finally free of the drama, chaos and destruction of that cycle. I am full of gratitude for all the blessings in my life. Here are twelve things I am especially grateful for today:

  1. I’m grateful to my friend Craig who helped me choose, cut and “assemble” the branches that would become my gorgeous 2020 Christmas tree.
  2. I’m grateful for the stunning glass and crystal decorations I gathered on travels to destinations near and far for many years, and which I use every year to create a beautiful piece of Christmas tree art that brings me joy.
  3. I’m grateful for the creativity that generated an idea that led me to transform the container that holds the tree from a painful memory into a symbol of hope for the future. I painted it silver and gold on the inside <3
  4. I’m grateful my friends Naisi and Pierre tested negative for COVID-19, and that Pierre will never regret all the visits to his dad in LTC.
  5. I’m grateful for the volunteers who take my beautiful, courageous cousin Liane sit-skiing in winter and sailing in summer. She was thrilled to have her first ski of the winter season yesterday. Liane is struggling with MS; she inspires me every day.
  6. I’m grateful for whoever invented and perfected eyeglasses because they allow to keep on reading despite my failing eyesight.
  7. I’m grateful I was able to hold space and give support to my friend Jacqueline whose ninety-nine-year-old mom lives with dementia, and my new acquaintance John, whose mom is also living with dementia. Being a dementia care partner is one of the hardest things a person may ever be called on to do. Still, it’s also a blessing, and a learning opportunity.
  8. I’m grateful for the flu shot I got this morning after being on a waiting list for seven weeks.
  9. I’m grateful for all the healthcare workers worldwide who put their lives on the line every day to save others.
  10. I’m grateful for zoom, in particular today for the afternoon conversation I had with my angel Lynn in the UK, and for the cocktail hour convo with Craig and Gracie on the other side of town. Lucky me <3
  11. I’m grateful I have a roof over my head, a bed to sleep in, heat in my house, food to eat, water and wine to drink, and the ability to appreciate it all.
  12. Finally, I’m grateful there may soon be a new kitty cat keeping me company… stay tuned!

More posts on being grateful here.

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