As I get older, every morning I wake feels like a gift. It is difficult, in the hustle and bustle of the day, to forget what each day brings: a chance to live. It is difficult to put aside the petty desires, the hurts, the annoyances, and just enjoy the instant. To Be.
Which is why I started a daily gratitude journal: bluetruedream. To keep me honest.
I am thankful for so much: my husband, my son and daughter, my parents and sister, nieces, nephews,other family, my friends. I give thanks for being raised by caring parents, for growing up knowing I was loved even if the words were rarely spoken.
I give thanks for having a job, for being able to ride the subway most days, for having the privilege of being a student again.
I am thankful for living in the United States, where I can live free, write free, speak free.
I give thanks for my gifts. And my flaws, for they make me strive to better myself.
And I give thanks to my students: I learn so much from them, about research and health and life, and courage.
Most of all, I give thanks for now. Not then, not tomorrow, but now.
What are you grateful for?