As Thanksgiving approaches, I find myself feeling so incredibly grateful for my life and all the wonders inherent within it. 2012 has been a miraculous year. It is amazing to think that last November, I was preparing for the close of my child's life. I was ever hopeful that she would get "the call", but having waited over a year and a half at that point, it was not certain. Now, ten months later, every day is a day to embrace life.
My life has changed me. I have garnered a deep acceptance for the realities of life and have learned to adapt to meet all the challenges life offers. I have also developed a zest for life, realizing that it can all be over in the blink of an eye.
I have released many fears. After living with chronic, life-threatening illness daily and looking death squarely in the eye, I have found that not much scares me. Ultimately, everything will always be alright. That is how the Universe is designed. It may not be the way I want it, but it will be the way it is supposed to be.
Love looks different in my life today. Once upon a time, love meant hovering over my children and ensuring they had everything they need and did everything they were supposed to do. Today, I am finding love means letting go, allowing for greater responsibility and believing they can handle it.
Creativity abounds today. And, for that I am extremely grateful. I have been offered opportunities to write in a variety of genres and explore other creative outlets. Walking around with the heart of an artist adds an element of magic to each and every day.
Friendships and relationships have grown and changed. I have always known that people come in and out of my life as God would have them. Opening myself to new friendships and adapting to changes in old friendships has added a richness to my life. Family bonds have strengthened in some areas and broken in others, leaving me feeling grateful.
Thanksgiving requires that I truly reflect upon all the things for which I am grateful. Thus, it is with a grateful heart that I move forward today. It is with grateful eyes that I view the day and all that I have been given.