26 November 2012
Also thankful for:
The privilege of trying to see life in the best way possible. This is something I got a better grasp on at age 30. I used to not fully do it so regularly. But now I can see the beauty in all things...even the toughest parts of life. There is redemption available to us all, at ALL times.
A huge reduction of fear. I don't fear life anymore. Once in a while fears come up, but I know dang well what to do with them. I can deal with them and replace and uproot them completely by focusing on a greater pursuit.
The knowledge that my circumstances do not have to dictate my state of being. I've learned to not "need" things to turn out a certain way. If things don't go the way I planned...well, it's just a new experience to have; an opportunity to practice the thing that matters most...which is letting go and cultivating love.
The knowledge that I am in charge of my own happiness. Not Danny. Not my future kids. So glad to know that putting other people in charge of my wellness never leads to REAL and lasting happiness. It only leads to ups and downs...an emotional roller coaster.
Self-worth / confidence. This has been one of the most amazing gifts. We ALL have self-worth...it's just a matter of believing it. I finally started to believe it a few years ago. And it has enriched my experience in this world and my marriage (and all relationships) probably more than any other thing.
My gluten free / dairy free / daily walking lifestyle. Yep. I know that sounds crazy. But I'm thankful for it. The effects of it (for me) are just way too great. As much as I miss good bread, yogurt, cheese, and New York pizza, I wouldn't dream of going back to it. Physical health is COMPLETELY linked to emotional health. It's extremely difficult to handle life & relationships in the best way when you are physically not well. Also, I'm thankful for my walks (& runs). If I ever struggle with something for even but a moment, guaranteed it will be a week or month when I've been glued to my computer and not getting in my walks. But the minute I get out there, I can reverse any bit of an unfavorable mood. It really is like magic.
New York. It has been an honor to live here. I came at age 22 and I feel as though I've grown up here. It's caused my heart to beat in ways I never thought was possible. I've seen & experienced so much beauty here - enough to last a lifetime. Thanksgiving Day brought back SO many memories of being surrounded by some of the best people in the world, all crowded in small apartments, all making the best food, and just sharing life together here.
This blog. It has been a joy and an honor to have this experience. We're deeply grateful for all the connections we've made with you. Thank you for all your notes, comments, kindness, and support. You inspire us more than we can ever say.
P.S. We adore this little guy to no end. We got to spend Thanksgiving with him and his family. He's wearing here what he regularly calls his "Danny Shirt." :) :) :) Oh man, he pretty much makes us melt to pieces. And...may I add that the chocolate tart he was eating was a dairy free/ gluten free masterpiece. We couldn't believe how well it turned out. Recipe coming!
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