Hopping on the Bandwagon: 10 Things I’m Grateful For in 2014

I’m a dedicated reader of Tales From The Motherland, so when Dawn challenge her readers to follow suit with her list of things she’s grateful for in 2014, I jumped on the bandwagon. However, instead of 50 or 60 things, my list is considerably shorter. I’m keeping it to ten.

This past year has been one of a lot of change for me, personally. It began with me doing physical therapy, regaining strength and mobility in my right foot, which had been both broken and had had a torn tendon (that was repaired with surgery). So, to start things off, the first thing I’m very grateful for is 1. the ability to walk without a scooter, crutch or a limp.

2. I’m thankful that I had a skilled surgeon who did what needed to be done.

3. I’m grateful for the skilled physical therapists who are right here in my little town.

4. I’m grateful that my naturopathic doctor left the practice in March, forcing me to see another doctor, who diagnosed me with diabetes. This might sound like a weird thing to be grateful for. But if that hadn’t happened, I wouldn’t have experience the miracle that unfolded over the next six months: experiencing release from food addiction, losing a ton of weight, and healing the diabetes. I no longer have diabetes.

5. I’m grateful for an awesome hypnotherapist who helped (and still helps) me to dig into my unconscious mind and ferret out old beliefs that were no longer serving me well.

6. I’m thankful for all of my spiritual teachers, in whatever form they have arrived, who have helped me understand at a much deeper level who I really am, why I am here, and how to attain more and more peace in my heart. What a beautiful journey it’s been and will continue to be.

7. I’m grateful for all of the things I have in my life and grateful to now recognize that it’s more than ok to release that which no longer serves me; whether it’s clothing that no longer fits, things I no longer use, or relationships that I’ve outgrown.

8. I’m grateful for a lot of things that keep me comfortable in my life, such as having a roof over my head (and as of this past summer, a new, non-leaking roof), a dependable car, running water (except when the power goes out), electricity (most of the time), and electronic connection to the outside world via telephone, television, and internet service.

9A. I’m grateful for the variety of experiences I have living where I live, including seeing bald eagles and a host of other birds and wildlife, being surrounded by woods and water (a river and a stream), having light traffic, and being only a half hour’s drive to the ocean.

9B. I’m very grateful to have this blog as an outlet to reach people and to share at as deep a level as I want. One of my goals in sharing is when something I’ve experienced or learned or realized helps someone else in some way. One of my life’s purposes is connecting at a heart level.

10. Finally, I’m most grateful for the people in my life: my friends (both those I know in real life, and those I’ve only met online), and my family. I’m grateful for all the love and support. I have to give a special nod to the one person who has, without a doubt, helped me to grow the most in every way, and that is my son, Little Man.

An old photo of Little Man.

An old photo of Little Man.

What are you grateful for this year? Are you overflowing with things to be grateful for, or is it a challenge to find one or two? Do tell.

Edited to add: Dawn’s post was sparked from a Jenny’s Lark post that was from a WP daily prompt of a ten minute free write. Beautifully written.

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About mariner2mother

I'm a mother of a very spirited 14 year old son, and a former merchant ship's deck officer. To feed my creative side I take photos and make a very occasional batch of soap. I am also Reiki attuned and am a student of Energy Healing, having used several healing modalities to work on myself and my family.
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4 Responses to Hopping on the Bandwagon: 10 Things I’m Grateful For in 2014

  1. This is a wonderful list, Susan! So glad you took the time to join in the gratitude celebration. I’ve added your link to my page, and congratulations on this fantastic list of things to be happy about. Nice job!

  2. I’m grateful for blogging because it enabled me to connect with people like you. Hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday!

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