A token of my gratitude (or five)

The book I’m reading, Fully Fertile, suggests combating jealousy by making a list of five things you’re grateful for and after performing a little ceremony with them, keeping them posted in places where you will see them and be reminded of them. I have compiled a list and I thought I should post it here, for all to see. The following are five things I am grateful for, in no particular order…


Having found, and being in a committed relationship with, my soul mate.

I am so thankful to have a partner who loves me unconditionally, supports me in good times and bad and makes me want to do better every day. I grow continually in this relationship, it has calmed me, given me courage and strength, patience and hope. I am grateful every second for my partner and the bond that we share. I could not travel down this road without him.

My friends and family; who are always there when I need them most.

I am so thankful for the very close relationship I have with my friends and family. My mother, father and sister are my best friends and I cherish the time I spend with them. My friends have been so supportive of me through this difficult time; they make me laugh even when I feel like crying inside.I know they will be there for me even if I can’t pick up the phone for a while to call them. They are committed to me, even when I make it difficult to do so and I hope they know how much they mean to me.

How far I’ve come and how far I know I can go.

I am so thankful for all the growing I’ve done in my life. There were times when I thought I’d have issues with food until my dying breath, and now I honestly, truly never think about it, except when I’m enjoying what I’m eating, anticipating a delicious meal or planning and executing something in the kitchen. I never would have thought that possible half a decade ago. I’m also thankful for the self-confidence I’ve gained and the wisdom I’m continuing to acquire. I have learned so much about acceptance, mindfulness and impermanence and I look forward to discovering more about the world and myself.

Opportunities to explore my myself and the world around me in a meaningful and creative way.

I am forever grateful for the resources at my disposal. The San Francisco Zen Center is a brisk walk from my house; I’m signed up for classes on right speech there that start tomorrow. I have an amazing digital SRL that I’m itching to start using again so that I can share the images of my life with others. This blog has been the most amazing outlet for my thoughts and feelings; writing again has filled a deep hole in my heart and soul. Graduate school, for all it’s downfalls, is teaching me so much and I know I’m becoming a better teacher because of it. I have so many opportunities to better myself and express myself creatively and for that I’m forever grateful.

A meaningful job surrounded by colleagues I enjoy and respect.

Sure I have to commute 30 minutes to an hour every day to get there, but my school really is a great place to be. My principal has invested time and money into my professional growth and I know I’m a better teacher because of it. My colleagues are amazing people who share in my enthusiasm for this profession and bring incredible talent to our classrooms. They also care about me as a person and would help me if I were ever in need. My district trusts me to create a curriculum based on methods that truly teach foreign language instead of drill the life out of it. I fell into teaching Spanish at this school quite by accident and I’m thankful for that piece of serendipity every single day.

One response

  1. Here from the future via Time Warp Tuesday! I love the idea of combating jealousy by focusing on what you are grateful for. Your list here is awesome and inspiring.

    I already skimmed your new post in which you linked to this one, so I also know that you wrote these words not knowing how much your life was about to change (in a wonderful way) and that is pretty cool too.

    Early on in Bob and my relationship we broke up for a month (but at the time I didn’t know if we would ever get back together). At the time that Simple Abundance book of gratitude (that Oprah was big on) was popular and during our “break” in inspired me and I forced myself to write down three things I was grateful for in my personal journal, to keep perspective as I tried to accept and make peace with the prospect that we might not end up together. It helped a lot and in the end we did reunite and have been together for 15 years now and married for 11!

    Thank you so much for sharing this and for doing the Time Warp again with us this week!

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