Pause for Gratitude

It’s Thanksgiving once again here in Canada. I’ve been dealing with a rather large amount of stress recently. So today I am stopping to be grateful for all the blessings I have.

I am grateful for my husband. He does so much to take care of me and our children. He looks after our home and makes sure we are all fed. He is a good listener, and he is very supportive of all the things I do. Thank you for being my partner, David.

I am grateful for my children. I am proud to see how they are all growing into unique young men. And I really appreciate that they all still communicate with me, and give wonderful hugs and snuggles.

I am grateful for the rest of my family. I don’t get to see them as often as we would all prefer, and yet they provide help and support in their own ways. Even though we are half a continent apart, I love my parents, my sister and her family, and my cousin and her family, and my aunt and uncle, and I miss you all.

I am grateful for my job. It may be one of the biggest sources of stress in my life, and it helps keep the roof over our heads and food in our bellies. And I have some wonderful coworkers.

I am grateful for our vehicle. This has been another major source of stress recently. While there are still some things that need fixing, having transportation is important for getting to and from work and school, and public transit here just doesn’t cut it.

I am grateful for my spiritual community. I really don’t know what I would do without you all, and this is a pretty big group! You have challenged me, helped me see the world through a different perspective, encouraged me and helped me to grow in so many ways. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!

I am grateful for my health. It’s been a full year since my gall bladder attack. I still have to give my body my attention and be aware of what I eat, and I have had no major problems for over a year. This is very good.

While the past year (and particularly the past month) may have been challenging, and more stressful than I would have preferred, I am still grateful for all the ways that I have grown and all the challenges I have overcome. I really do have a lot to be grateful for.

What are you grateful for?

Blessings,

Mary

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