The Gratefulness Exercise

Part of this year’s harvest.

Thanksgiving is on Thursday so naturally I’ve started thinking about what I’m most grateful for this year.  (Or any year for that matter.)  I thought I’d try for at least the top ten here:

1)  Thank you for my life.  (This is always number one because the fact that I’m still alive after 53 years is nothing short of amazing to me.  For however long it lasts, thank you thank you thank you.)

2)  Thank you for starlight, waters, storms, mountain vistas, seasons, and the hikes I’ve taken through all of them. 

3)  Thank you for things I can’t control.  I hate them but I know they’re good for me.

4)  Thank you for yogurt.

5)  Thank you for the hubster, beloved son, and beloved daughter, as well as giving them the patience to love me back when I’ve made it hard.

6)  Thank you for Dane’s epilepsy cure and helping him to still be able to walk after all.  I was so scared for him.

7)  Thank you for this blog and the chance to have a voice.

8)  Thank you for all the help and support from people over the last year.  In fact, thanks for all people everywhere.  Doing this whole life-thing alone would have really sucked.

9)  Thank you for the depression easing up so much.  I can’t tell you how good it feels to be hopeful again.

10) And lastly, thank you for both light and darkness.  Having both helps keep everything in perspective, y’know?

Here’s wishing everyone a meaningful Thanksgiving full of love and healing.

More of the harvest. Yum!

copyright Dia Osborn 2011

9 responses

  1. That is quite a list! Yes, life has daily challenges to ‘test’ us doesn’t it. But don’t those ‘victories’ make it all worthwhile. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

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  3. This reminds me of my first Vision Quest. On my first day, I spent hours and hours and hours giving Thanks for everything and anything I could think of. It ended in tears and deep emotions of love and gratitude. Once in awhile, I remember the only reason I was born…to know God.
    Thank-you God….

    • It’s amazing how powerful it is to make a list of everything we have and love, isn’t it? I really enjoyed writing this post. It put me back into a really great place.
      Love you too!

  4. Dia, I scrolled down and down and down that opening image, my mouth salivating more and more the closer I came to the text. What a wonderful bounty you have and you captured it so well…both verbally and visually.

    Thank YOU for all the positive energy that you keep circulating through my space. I need it and look forward to it.

    • It’s always so rewarding at the end of the season, to collect the bounty and enjoy that feeling of abundance. I can only imagine how much more so it must have been for the early settlers. And there are still so many people all over the world dependent for their survival on a successful harvest each year. I’m going to say a prayer for them this Thanksgiving, too.
      Have a great Thanksgiving Linda!

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