The moment that we grasp the truth that this moment is not promised, but is a miracle is the moment we begin to be thankful for everything in our lives. Every hardship is a blessing, a lesson in disguise.
Today I am thankful for:
The fact that I woke up alive and healthy.
The ability to smile, a stroke or disease has not taken this ability from me.
The ability to laugh, throat cancer has not taken this right away.
My job, allowing me to live in comfort, unlike so many others can do right now.
My family, the one I was given, and the one that I have chosen as well.
My significant partner, for loving me through my constant mistakes and my moments of insanity.
The clothes on my back, keeping my body a mystery and comfortable.
The sensation of my fingertips on my keyboard, expressing my thanks to the universe.
The ability to move my body fluidly, to dance.
Smiles on others faces, especially if I helped them get there.
The laugh and smile of my baby nephew. Nothing is more precious.
The fact that my teenage nephew is influenced by me, and that hopefully that I’m a good influence.
My niece’s imagination, she will inspire the world someday.
A hard week, it makes the weekend so much sweeter.
My volleyball team, giving me a sense of comradery and a chance to move.
My friend and coworker, if only she would realize how beautiful she is, with or without losing weight.
The unending support I feel every day, and that hopefully I offer to others as well.
That today I have not had an anxiety attack.
The sensation of breath flowing in and out, and with every exhale is another moment to become aware of the magnificence of the present moment.
The fact that I could make an unending list of all the things I am thankful for.
And if, God forbid, there ever comes a day that I cannot find anything to be thankful for, I will come back to this list to remind myself.
Live today as though it’s your last day, because tomorrow is not promised.
Treat everyone you meet as though today is their last day, because they are not promised a tomorrow.
Love true, with all your heart, and as if you’ve never been hurt before. This may be your last chance to do so.