I am grateful for, as Violeta Parra’s song “Gracias a La Vida” says: Gracias a la vida que me ha dado tanto. Me dio dos luceros que cuando los abro perfecto distingo lo negro del blanco. (Thanks to life, which has given me so much. It gave me two beams of light, that when opened, can perfectly distinguish black from white).
I am grateful for my legs with which I have walked, gotten lost, discovered and have found my way again.
I am grateful to have led a life that has been enriched by many cultures.
I am fortunate to have traveled to many corners of our globe and been able to immerse myself in other people’s worlds.
So fortunate to have never lost that child in me that marvels at everything she encounters.
To have the ability to link words to relay what I feel and see, has given me such joy, for it creates an avenue in which others can share in my experiences. I wish that with them I’ve been able to weave a shawl in which my readers can cocoon themselves, if only for a brief time, from anything that may ail them.
I am grateful that with the passage of time I have learned to accept myself with all flaws and that though I don’t always like them -seldom in fact- I have learned that if you wish me to be better or different, you should not accompany me in this journey called life. That if you cannot accept my dark days you then don’t deserve to share my good ones. Guess that means that I have learned to love myself and am extremely fortunate, that when I did not, I have had friends that have loved me more than I was capable of at the time.
I so very much treasure that hug, that call, that post, the shared coffee/drink/meal which has saved me in more ways than one. Hence I am grateful for your presence in my life, no matter how brief. It has left a mark and taught me much. No real way to thank those who lent me their hand, their ear, their warmth on a more permanent way.
I am grateful to have accepted and dealt with the storms along the way and to have been able to enjoy the clarity that inevitably follows.
I am grateful that I am having a hard time condensing the list of that which I am grateful for and that they far outweigh the bad.
I am grateful to be. I hope that I have, even in the slightest of ways, graced your list of what you are thankful for.
What are you grateful for?