It has been too long since I wrote about the things I am grateful for. It has been a challenging couple of weeks for my group of friends but each day things are getting better because we have all witnessed a little miracle.So I am jotting down just a few things that I am thankful for today.
- My family. It always comes back to family for me. It is beyond all the amazingness that are my mother and sister. I am so thankful for my dad’s siblings, in particular my aunt and uncle who live here in NY. Sharing this anniversary with them made it bearable. My uncle looks so much like my father its uncanny! I loved how when he’s at my mom’s house he sits where my dad use to sit. He even says some of the things my dad would say in normal conversation and he wears the same cologne my dad use to. It feels great when he is around. Seeing my aunt’s pure joy when she sat in my dad’s car made me realize just how much she misses him too. Grief unites us and it is beautiful.
- My Friends. Like I said it’s been a few rough weeks for one of us and her family. But its beautiful to see all my high school girlfriends be there for her and her family. I’ve known most of these women for at least 20 years and it’s a true testament to friendship to be there in the good times and the bad times. I am thankful to be able to help in any small way because it was this same group of women who were there for me and my family when we needed it most. I am also thankful for friends I don’t see all the time but have wonderful timing and a great sense of humor that make me smile when I need it most.
- The Beach. I took the above picture at Jones Beach during fourth of July weekend. This has been my go-to place for peace this Summer. I wish I could go there all year-long. A feeling of pure joy overcomes me when I am there. I feel the sun and the sea recharge me. Somehow on the beach life seems less chaotic and stressful. I always leave the beach feeling hopeful.
- Letting Go. I feel I have let go of so many things this year. In the physical sense as in stuff that clutters my home but more importantly the hurt that burdens my heart. It’s a blessing to reach that point when you stop replaying a particular moment in time and wishing it were different. Some times you have to say and believe the words, “It is what it is.” and move on. Maybe this took longer for me but without realizing I’ve survived another moment I never thought I’d get through. I shred every piece of the journal that chronicled those painful days. It felt right to get rid of it now and probably the best therapy I could give myself. I’ll never forget the words to describe those days but I have untied myself from them.
This post was inspired by Thankful Thursdays hosted by Baby Gators Den.
What are you thankful for this week? Leave a comment below, I’d love to know.