Friday, 21 November 2008
TAGGED - THINGS I'M THANKFUL FOR
The lovely Lori-ann has tagged me, and she's changed the rules.... Yeh for her!
instead of writing 7 odd things she suggests I write 7 things I'm thankful for.
Which seems a much better idea than the former.
So without further ado;
The first thing to be thankful for is my family. It's very small, there is only my sister and me. And we have always been there for each other and always will be. Added to that are my beautiful niece 24 and my nephew 21 who are just the best. But most of all I'm thankful for my sons, 23 and 17, I've been a single mum since they were 9 and 4 and I'm grateful that I've been given the chance to be their mum, cause they are just wonderful young men.
Second is almost as important as the first, and sometimes more, and that is my friends. I am blessed that I have a lot of friends and at least 7 of them would say I was their best friend, which is an utter privilege.
Third I am thankful bizarrely for having had breast cancer. It has made me a better person and has allowed me to see what is really important in life. And to value what is around me, the places I walk, the things I photograph, the simple pleasures of life.
Fourth is my abilities as a therapist.To say it is a gift is perhaps immodest, but I have known all my life since I was 17 that I have the ability to help people heal emotionally. Which means that I have the perfect job doing what I love most and am best at.
Fifth is my intelligence, up until I was 44 years old I thought I was stupid, it took doing my psychotherapy training to realise I wasn't and the last ten years have been a journey of self discovery and intellectual discovery. Which has allowed me to know in the last year that I can write.
Sixth, although I had very difficult times with my parents, they both had alcohol problems late in their lives I am truly grateful for the qualities I have inherited from them. I won't list them I already feel immodest enough in writing the fourth, suffice to say that I wouldn't be who I am today without them.
Seventh is an amalgamation of them all in one word.... Love. I am thankful that I can give it, and receive it. I can give it to others and to myself. That everything I do is motivated by it and is the most precious of all.
Now of course I'm supposed to tag others, but I won't, but if you want to do it feel free. It's actually a good exercise to do in focusing on what's really important, but who am I to tell you should do it!!!