Friday, November 04, 2011
Gratitude is not the same as giving thanks. I think gratitude comes from a deeper place, a place that knows the story could have ended differently and often it does.
Gratitude is surviving the worst thing you can imagine and realizing you are still standing.
I am grateful for the love and support of friends as I anxiously awaited tests and sighed relief when the results showed no signs of cancer...for now.
Gratitude is knowing I have all the tools I need, right here at Spark People, to help me create a healthier lifestyle.
There have been many people that have crossed my life's path, some mentoring me to be the person I am today.
During troubling times of my youth, it was Maurine Hanson that showed me how to recognize the gifts that I possess. How to look past the weaknesses and focus on my strengths and build from there.
I'm also deeply grateful of my maternal grandmother, Gran, for directing me towards leaving this world a better place than you found it. And for also teaching me that "I can do anything I make up my mind to do".
I think it's quite comforting knowing that I will be laid to rest next to Gran - a woman I so admired!