its giving reluctant thanks
My toddler arguing with me all day because it means she will not succumb to external pressure when she’s older
My clothes getting tighter because I'm finally able to put weight on after many years not being able to...
On the top of my list is having stuff to sell to pay our bills on the 1st so my husband has a supportive school environment! Thank you for this exercise, Shannon.
Oh, and to do the assignment --- gratitude for my brain injury because I've met a 30 y/o TBI survivor who is so positive it forces me to try harder to attempt the same. Our sons and daughters having far more equal marriages than I had because it makes me know I did something right in raising them. Accepting this summer was my last riding horses wild through fields because it makes me focus on what I still can (safely) do with a TBI.
Recently diagnosed Graves’ disease and 2 thyroid nodules because it makes me realize I’ve been healthy for a long time.
Thankful for the chrysalis that is my final semester of my bachelors degree because I’m privileged enough to be getting one.
For never getting a full night's sleep due to restless fidgeting and potty breaks of a husband and 2 dogs. I am not alone, but have ones who love me and want to be near me. (So near!) I am beloved even if I am tired.
Painful rotator cuff surgery & recovery because it hurdles me into vulnerability reality, mortality shock, & gratitude for today, the only one I have.
Our son cooking Thanksgiving dinner even though that means we don't have leftovers to enjoy for the next several days.
My teens struggling with school because it's a reminder that we're all wired and motivated differently and that's a good thing
My 8 year old self screaming in grief in my heart during this morning's prayer time, because it means I have done the inner work and healing that allows her to make her voice heard.
I need this in my life! Thank you for turning negatives into positives. I just wrote a post on how I struggle to do this, so your post resonates. I also live in the country and had a MASSIVE mouse problem last year with an infant and a 5 year old where I was constantly disinfecting and washing all of their clothes because they found their way into dressers to nest. I should have looked at it with your gratitude to help me get through the 8 month long issue!
I am reluctantly grateful for a very sore throat because it’s causing me to speak less and listen more ;)
Shannon - this is beautiful. The growth I've witnessed in your writing (and maybe your life) since I first emailed you about us both being from Denton --- it's really spectacular. And, being who I am as a journalist (so critical, so skeptical, so competitive), I just don't say this often. What you've bravely created and fearlessly focused on is inspirational. And your writing - it's just expanded so much. God Bless.
For number 3.