Every once in a while, it's good to stop and take inventory of what we are grateful for. Today's theme for Monday Listicles is 10 Thanks and gives me the opportunity to do just that.
1. My daughters, Sophia and Antonia. Without whom I never would have embarked on such an in-depth look at myself and my family of origin. We are breaking cycles, kiddos. I hope one day you’ll understand the importance of doing so and the importance of constant self-evaluation which leads to change.
2. My significant other, M. Dude. It sure is rough sometimes, but when I look away from the chaos, I always see you standing there saying, “I am proud of you.” That’s quite amazing.
3. My blogging community. Boy, oh boy. The acceptance and how you embrace my story is astounding and sometimes completely overwhelming to me. You challenge me to keep moving forward, to keep healing, and to stay truthful in my personal evolution. You also teach me about writing. I am grateful for that. I hope I give you at least a little of what you give me. Powerful stuff, simply powerful.
4. My dogs, Frodo, Scruffy, and Tina. Every time I spend time with one or all of you, my heart rate decreases and my blood pressure is lowered. You are loyal and don’t care when I mess up. You allow me to talk to you like the babies I no longer have and do not look at me like I am crazy. Thank you.
5. Martins Ferry, Ohio. Your river and its constant flow toward the south gave me hope that I would one day escape. Your hills hugged me and made me feel safe in a world full of scary, terrible things.
6. Northern California. Your expansive beauty inspired me to see the beauty in my little girls, every day, looking into their eyes and being reminded of the magnificence of creation.
7. Chicago, Illinois. This is where I really grew up and changed from confused child into adult. You were exciting, yet friendly, offering me all I needed to figure things out and become a grown up.
8. Columbus, Ohio. There is something about you that gives me hope. I’m not sure I’ll stay here once the girls are off to college, but I appreciate what you are trying to do.
9. Money. I don’t have a lot of you. I wish I had more. But I always have enough of you to keep everyone fed, clothed, and housed. Thanks for that. Let’s talk about how we can grow our relationship.
10. The World Wide Web. Information is empowering. Connecting to others is empowering. You rock.