Sorry, tomorrow (yesterday) became TODAY!
I am thankful for failing.
2011 was a tumultuous year. I started volunteering at the local Rape Crisis center, I transferred to a four year university, I have given myself different responsibilities, I have made decisions that were hard, I have stood behind bad decisions I made, I fought physically and emotionally to be healthy and whole.
I have failed.
But I have not given up.
I have continued to take risks when I am unsure of a solution. I have apologized for wrongs I inflicted. I have begun to forgive myself for things I have done.
Failing has shown me that there is so much more out there to look forward to; so much more to explore, learn, and dive into. Failing has taught me to continue to listen to myself, believe in my instincts, trust my voice and speak OUT LOUD. Failing has taught me to walk away when something doesn’t truly make me happy or isn’t satisfying, why waste the time? Failing has helped me see what matters the most and shown me my opportunities for growth.
I am thankful for rest.
I’m talking about true and good sleep, restfulness, and comfort. For years I struggled with waking nights, the inability to relax and fall asleep completely. Waking every 35 minutes was a reality I trudged through on a daily basis.
Now I am able to embrace my old lady nightly routine, and actually sleep at night. I am finally listening to my internal clock, the circadian cycle of my life. I look forward to my crisp pillowcase each night excited about re-charging my batteries during the night hours. I wake up able to momentarily meditate on the day, take a deep breath and begin the day (most of the time on the right side of the bed).
I am thankful for the opportunities I have.
This year doors seem to be opening for me. I have been really lucky to be able to work toward my dreams, go to school, and have a nice job. I have been given the gift of opportunity.
The feeling of pride I have felt this year from setting goals, working toward them, and then seeing them come to fruition is amazingly rewarding. I know that there are people all over the place that are struggling just to survive, and I get to pursue anything I can imagine.
I am thankful for the freedom I have to be ME.
I am thankful for the believers, the stranger that smiles, the quiet angels around me, the listeners, peacemakers, and boat-rockers. I am thankful for the people that bring simple joy to my life, a kind stranger, and those people that see the good in me even at my most flawed. I am thankful for the people with broad minds that change things and stand up for others.
Okay, as you can see from number 11, there are a hundred million things I am thankful for, I tried to cheat and put a bunch in one....I slipped a few others in earlier too, but I'm sure you don't mind, right?
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