The Gratitude Challenge

Giving ThanksThe inspiring and bootylicious Amanda from Let’s Take the Metro, aka, Queen of All that is Shark, has invited a slew of talented bloggers to participate in The Gratitude Challenge. We’re each listing 100 things we’re grateful for and sharing them.

Writing this list was a pleasure. I decided to hold my gratitude in my heart and write the entire list all at once. I liked both the practice of looking for, cataloging, and holding onto the gratitude over the last few weeks. And I liked the good feelings I got just typing it all up quickly. I like that a million more thoughts of gratitude came up as I wrote this.

I’m planning to read everyone’s lists tonight after the kids are asleep. It creates a warm spot of happy in my heart. Please pop over to The Gratitude Challenge for a shot of joy to your heart.

I am grateful for Nataraj.

  1. I am grateful that you awoke the mother in me.
  2. I am grateful for your blue eyes that remind me there’s a piece of Papa through me to you.
  3. I am grateful for your dramatic personality that is always entertaining.
  4. I am grateful for you dressing up and imaginative play.
  5. I am grateful that you question me thoroughly about every decision.
  6. I am grateful for you passion to learn.
  7. I am grateful for your bravery.
  8. I am grateful that you communicate your feelings to me so well.
  9. I am grateful for how much you adore your brothers.
  10. I am grateful that you say “Thank you” even though you hate when someone compliments your hair.
  11. I am grateful for Ganesha.

  12. I am grateful for your brown eyes like mine.
  13. I am grateful for your soft, “I Love You’s” that break my heart with their feeling.
  14. I am grateful that you stand up for yourself.
  15. I am grateful for your interest in building and creating with your hands.
  16. I am grateful for your songs you break into when you think no one is listening.
  17. I am grateful for your tight curls on the top of your head.
  18. I am grateful for the tiny freckles just beginning on your nose.
  19. I am grateful for how much you want to be older, but still love to be snuggling like the little one.
  20. I am grateful that you don’t let me say no to things without an explanation.
  21. I am grateful for how much you enjoy helping and being involved.
  22. I am grateful for Buddha.

  23. I am grateful for your Yoda ears.
  24. I am grateful for your huge smiles and exuberant laughter.
  25. I am grateful for your strong will that is tempered by a sunny disposition.
  26. I am grateful that you can speak and sign so many words.
  27. I am grateful for how you follow your big brothers around.
  28. I am grateful for how you get into everything.
  29. I am grateful that you prefer the potty over cloth diapers.
  30. I am grateful that you love eating solid food almost as much as you love mommy milk.
  31. I am grateful for your hugs. Just thinking about them changes my mood.
  32. I am grateful that you love to run instead of walk.
  33. I am grateful for Saraswati.

  34. I am grateful that I am your mother and you are my daughter.
  35. I am grateful that you guided your brothers to be here safely.
  36. I am grateful for missing you every day of my life.
  37. I am grateful for the love and pain intertwined in my heart every time I think of you.
  38. I am grateful for the ability you gave me to honor pain in others and the strength to bear it.
  39. I am grateful for the memories I have of you moving inside me.
  40. I am grateful for the time I had alone with your body after you were born.
  41. I am grateful that I was able to see your blue eyes.
  42. I am grateful that you stayed with me until I was able to say goodbye.
  43. I am grateful that I will remember you in a way no one else will.
  44. I am grateful for my Partner.

  45. I am grateful to have been with you for half of my life.
  46. I am grateful that I keep falling in love with the evolving person you are.
  47. I am grateful for your friendship.
  48. I am grateful for your unconditional support.
  49. I am grateful for your passion.
  50. I am grateful that you are more patient than anyone I have ever known.
  51. I am grateful that you get such fulfillment out of being a father.
  52. I am grateful for this month of writing insanity that you have allowed me.
  53. I am grateful for your tender, gentle, quiet bravery.
  54. I am grateful that the 21 year old brat I was didn’t drive you away with my immaturity.
  55. I am grateful for my in real life Family and Friends.

  56. I am grateful that you are patient with my quietness.
  57. I am grateful when you tolerate my exuberance (and that you never know which you’ll get.)
  58. I am grateful that you love my kids and that I love yours (and/or your furry babies.)
  59. I am grateful that you gave me space to heal, but never deserted me.
  60. I am grateful that you laugh freely and spread that happiness wherever you go.
  61. I am grateful that you are comfortable sharing your quirkiness with me.
  62. I am grateful that even during difficult times, you’ve never taken sides.
  63. I am grateful to be heard by you.
  64. I am grateful to listen to you.
  65. I am grateful for your unexpected presence in my life and for the endings that happen as well.
  66. I am grateful for my Online Friends.

  67. I am grateful that the bonds we have formed, even though we’ve never met face to face are as strong as if we had.
  68. I am grateful that we met online because I was both more cautious and more open to listening and speaking with someone new.
  69. I am grateful for every word you have shared of yourself.
  70. I am grateful for the parts of yourself that you choose to keep to yourself.
  71. I am grateful for the new ideas you have opened me up to.
  72. I am grateful for the kindness and the cruelty I have witnessed online.
  73. I am grateful to have a weirdly safe space in this public area.
  74. I am grateful for the inspiring examples of the type of person and parent I strive to model.
  75. I am grateful for your beautiful families that you share pictures and events about.
  76. I am grateful to extend my friendship to you even if you’re not entirely certain who I am.
  77. I am grateful for Acquaintances.

  78. I am grateful to know you care about someone I care for.
  79. I am grateful knowing that meeting you is a reminder that my friends and family have parts of their lives that go on without me at all.
  80. I am grateful to meet someone new as I love that moment of finding commonalities and differences.
  81. I am grateful for the ease of being with someone who has no context in which to place me.
  82. I am grateful when I see judgments in your eyes affirmed or refuted.
  83. I am grateful knowing that I connected with another circle of people that moves independent of my own.
  84. I am grateful when you are curious about me or my family.
  85. I am grateful when we realize there might be a real connection to pursue.
  86. I am grateful when we realize there is little connection.
  87. I am grateful for the reminder that we are both unique and insignificant at the same time.
  88. I am grateful for Strangers.

  89. I am grateful for the Occupiers who are out there every day trying to get the best for us.
  90. I am grateful for the people who work selflessly for peace and equality for everyone.
  91. I am grateful when I interact with someone I don’t know and see that we left each other feeling a little bit happier.
  92. I am grateful when I interact with someone I don’t know and see that we left each other with no impression or even feeling worse.
  93. I am grateful when I catch strangers in uninhibited moments of public joy.
  94. I am grateful when I provide service to someone I don’t know.
  95. I am grateful for the differences, the variations, and the normal in the people I see.
  96. I am grateful to remember to see each person as a fully-formed individual, even though it is exhausting.
  97. I am grateful for that exhaustion because it means I loved well.
  98. I am grateful for the potential and pain I see everywhere I look.
  99. I am grateful for Myself.

  100. I am grateful that this is the hardest part of the list to write and that I avoided it until Thanksgiving morning.
  101. I am grateful for the power of my body that was grown and birth four children.
  102. I am grateful that my breasts make milk to feed my children.
  103. I am grateful that no matter how horrible things have seemed in the deepest PPD cave, that something stayed my hand.
  104. I am grateful that I sometimes doubt number 94.
  105. I am grateful that sometimes I love so hard causes me physical pain.
  106. I am grateful for getting older, sometimes wise, and always more accepting.
  107. I am grateful for time rubbing off some of my sharp corners.
  108. I am grateful that I have been strong enough to face things I still wish I didn’t know.
  109. I am grateful to have created an existence filled with such riches that this list was easy to write 100 times over.

If you are reading this list, I am grateful for you. It doesn’t matter whether I know you or not. The feeling is real. Thank you. You are beautiful.

NaBloPoMo 2011

Image Credit: FindingMyselfStill

8 thoughts on “The Gratitude Challenge

  1. Pingback: The Gratitude Post Hybrid Rasta Mama

  2. When I read the first sentence of this post, I had no idea that the rest of it would virtually make me cry (I don’t always cry very easily, but if I did, I would be bawling). If only you could see the lack of booty I have, you would find your opening statement to be immensely comical.

    I am so grateful for you amazing list and that you wrote the whole thing at once. I am grateful for your blog and for your support in this challenge. Thank you.

    • Thank you for creating the challenge, Amanda. It was incredibly rewarding to write as it is in the ongoing weekly posts. And I’m happy to “know” you well enough that you can smile over my first sentence 🙂

  3. I love how you organized your list. It really shows the depth with which you love and appreciate the people in your life. I really loved this: “I am grateful to remember to see each person as a fully-formed individual, even though it is exhausting. I am grateful for that exhaustion because it means I loved well.” Such an important thought. I’m grateful for what you share of yourself here, too.

  4. I am also readin through everyones lists. It’s bringing me such joy and happiness to read through them all. I have to say I LOVE the way you wrote yours. A few of the lists have made me tear up and occasionally a few tears escaped but your list was the first one that had me go full on ugly cry ❤
    beautiful!! Thank you for sharif so openly!

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