The Gratitude Challenge 2013

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The inspiring Mama Jorje has invited fellow bloggers to participate in The Gratitude Challenge. We’re each listing 100 things we’re grateful for and sharing them on American Thanksgiving.

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 Mama Jorje’s Gratitude Challenge for a shot of joy to your heart.

In no particular order, here are 100 things for which I am grateful:

  1. I am grateful for the balance the practice of asanas has brought to my life.
  2. I am grateful for the family that my husband I have created.
  3. I am grateful for hot showers.
  4. I am grateful for acupuncture.
  5. I am grateful for the support system I leaned into during PPD/A.
  6. I am grateful for virtual friends who saved my life through their generosity.
  7. I am grateful the stray cat that decided to adopt us this year.
  8. I am grateful that our rescue dog and the new cat are working towards détente.
  9. I am grateful for learning to deal with the disappointment of bids falling through.
  10. I am grateful to remain in the space where I have birthed all of my children.
  11. I am grateful to my body for growing 6 children.
  12. I am grateful for my body’s ability to birth 6 children.
  13. I am grateful for the hole in my heart for my missing child.
  14. I am grateful for the recurring surreal feeling of having twins.
  15. I am grateful that each of the twins is uniquely herself.
  16. I am grateful for the opportunity I had to learn about both singleton and multiple pregnancies and births.
  17. I am grateful to have birthed all of my children at home.
  18. I am grateful that I have not had to confront past abuse trauma in a hospital labor.
  19. I am grateful that the people who needed to be with me to birth were here each time.
  20. I am grateful for my struggles with patience.
  21. I am grateful that I keep trying for self-compassion.
  22. I am grateful that I understand forgiveness has everything to do with personal freedom.
  23. I am grateful when I make mistakes.
  24. I am grateful when I apologize.
  25. I am grateful for learning to receive graciously.
  26. I am grateful that I miss the baby each of my child was.
  27. I am grateful that none of my kids’ injuries and illnesses have been irreparable.
  28. I am grateful that 5 of my kids have blue eyes like my partner and grandfather..
  29. I am grateful that 1 got my brown eyes.
  30. I am grateful that my two favorite friends are best friends with each other.
  31. I am grateful to watch judgments arise and release.
  32. I am grateful every time someone says, “You’ve got your hands full.”
  33. I am grateful for this month of by-the-skin-of-my-teeth-writing-month: NaBloPoMo
  34. I am grateful that this writing challenge is almost over.
  35. I am grateful for the ability to breastfeed my children.
  36. I am grateful my kids are avid eaters.
  37. I am grateful that my partner and I are committed to sticking it out no matter what.
  38. I am grateful for being brave about my intense fear of anger.
  39. I am grateful that I made the decision to restart dreadlocks last year.
  40. I am grateful that I do not care what other people think of the way I look.
  41. I am grateful for the understanding that I struggle with accepting the changes in my body.
  42. I am grateful that there is still a little time this year to get started on my new years resolutions.
  43. I am grateful that I still have the passion to write.
  44. I am grateful for every single person who reads anything I write.
  45. I am grateful that most of my favorite blogs are still going.
  46. I am grateful for the hope that the blogs that are on hiatus may return some day.
  47. I am grateful for health insurance.
  48. I am grateful for the injuries I have had this year.
  49. I am grateful for every moment I have that is pain-free.
  50. I am grateful to be able to search for gratitude when I am not pain-free.
  51. I am grateful for difficult people.
  52. I am grateful that it is easier to find gratitude for kind people.
  53. I am grateful that there are more books I’d like to read than I can in a lifetime.
  54. I am grateful for the library every damn day.
  55. I am grateful to have a passion to keep learning.
  56. I am grateful that my kids have the love of learning, too.
  57. I am grateful that homeschooling allows them to follow this passion.
  58. I am glad that they teach me new things constantly.
  59. I am grateful that I get to be the one to help my kids become who they are.
  60. I am grateful every time my kids read to themselves.
  61. I am grateful every time one of kids reads to one of their siblings.
  62. I am grateful that my kids all still love to snuggle.
  63. I am grateful that my partner agrees with attachment parenting principles.
  64. I am grateful that my partner and I share the love of connection with our kids through attachment parenting.
  65. I am grateful that I had practice tandem breastfeeding before I had to tandem breastfeed two infants.
  66. I am grateful that my kids don’t let me say no to them without an explanation.
  67. I am grateful that I took the advice to treat my kids like people to heart.
  68. I am grateful to be my children’s’ friend.
  69. I am grateful that the twins have extremely happy dispositions.
  70. I am grateful that my kids are easy going.
  71. I am grateful that my kids sleep well.
  72. I am grateful that my partner understands how vital sleep is for my mental stability.
  73. I am grateful that my partner isn’t afraid of my big emotions.
  74. I am grateful that I will always be a student of Yoga.
  75. I am grateful for the riches that meditation practice has given me.
  76. I am grateful for getting older, occasionally wiser, and always more accepting.
  77. I am grateful for the other parents I have shared with me.
  78. I am grateful for the teachers, official and unofficial, that I have learned from.
  79. I am grateful my own life is not a reflection of anyone else’s.
  80. I am grateful that I don’t have to be strong all of the time.
  81. I am grateful that the relationships I have built are strong enough to stretch without breaking.
  82. I am grateful that I can still do hanumanasana.
  83. I am grateful that I haven’t given up on sirsasana, yet.
  84. I am grateful that I’m not afraid to be wrong, especially in front of my kids.
  85. I am grateful that I keep poking at the comfortable and uncomfortable places inside.
  86. I am grateful that I am slowly learning surrender doesn’t me giving up power.
  87. I am grateful that I sing in the car for enjoyment, regardless of ability.
  88. I am grateful for earplugs when the yelling in my house triggers despair.
  89. I am grateful for each of the ages my kids are, especially when they’ve moved onto another.
  90. I am grateful that I can laugh at myself in a kind way.
  91. I am grateful that my family is safe.
  92. I am grateful for having enough that I can give.
  93. I am grateful for the daily gratitude practice I keep.
  94. I am grateful that it is so easy to enjoy many beautiful outdoor spaces where I live.
  95. I am grateful that my family and I can choose to do nothing some days.
  96. I am grateful that it is easy to take care of our daily needs without overextending ourselves.
  97. I am grateful that sometimes I need to curl up in a ball.
  98. I am grateful to know that tomorrow, everything will begin again in a new way.
  99. I am grateful for every single thing that has led me to where I am right now.
  100. I am grateful that this list was easy to write and I could keep going. That is a rich life!

 

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.
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Post for NaBloPoMo
(Since I’m writing most of these late at night, in bed, while tandem nursing twins, I’m choosing to concentrate on writing rather than formatting, proof-reading, researching or editing as much as I’d like. Please forgive the extra typos and non-nonsensical grammar. Thank you.)

NaBloPoMo November 2013

6 thoughts on “The Gratitude Challenge 2013

  1. YOU are beautiful, Zoie! ❤ Thank you for sharing this beautiful list. I learn from you each time I read your words, and I am forever grateful for that.

  2. I am glad that so many of your points are the joy of learning in its many ways. I love to see kindred hearts. Thank you so much for sharing yourself like this!

  3. Hot showers! Of course! I can’t believe that didn’t make my own list.
    Yay for dreadlocks! Lots of gratefulness here. Thank you for sharing it, such a lovely perspective. How can we be anything but grateful for what brought us to who we are today? 🙂

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