SoCS – Practicing Gratitude

I grew up in a pretty religious household and so I was taught to pray.  The only kind of prayer that ever really resonated with me, though, was a thankful one.  It always felt so weird to ask for things.  But it felt peaceful to say thank you for everything I had.  I don’t consider myself Christian anymore, but I do believe in practicing gratitude.

We were watching a Dateline special about Prince last night and I was blown away by how he lived his life.  It seemed to be at odds with his persona on stage.  He was so flamboyant and pushed the boundaries and limits of music and sexuality and I have nothing but respect for him.  This quote from him was the first thing I thought of when I read the prompt this morning:  “I pray every night, and I don’t ask for much. “I just say, ‘Thank you’ all the time.”

So, that’s what I aim to do today – not the praying part, the gratitude part.

I’m so grateful for my sister.  I know we struggled as kids and young adults, but our relationship has blossomed into more than just sisters.  She’s my best friend, my confidant and, I don’t know, my sister soul mate?  Is there such a thing?  If not, there should be.  Yesterday morning, I was feeling down in the dumps and picked up the phone to call her, but I put the phone down and said, “she doesn’t want to hear from my depressed ass.”  Literally two seconds later, she called me.  When I picked up the phone, I was laughing and all I said was, “I love you!”  She’s always there for me, even when she’s dealing with her own issues.  Thanks, Sissy!

I’m so  grateful for my fiance.  I believe I only just realized how safe I feel with him, and I can tell you, that is the best feeling!  He allows me to be me.  He is supportive and loving and I can’t say enough good things about him.  I am honestly looking forward to the rest of our lives together.

I’m so grateful for my children.  They are the light in my life and I’m in awe on a daily basis watching them grow and develop their talents.  Sometimes I can’t believe that we made it here.  I had my worries that the problems I struggled with when they were young would affect them in their later years.  And, who knows, maybe it still could… but for now, I believe they are happy, healthy and amazing human beings.

I could probably go on forever because once you start practicing gratitude, there is no end to it.  It just keeps coming and bringing joy and happiness with it.

Thank you for joining me today in my gratitude practice.

What/who are you grateful for?


This post is part of Stream of Consciousness Saturday hosted by Linda G. Hill.  Today’s prompt was “ta”.  The word, “ta,” is British slang for thank you: use it this way, or find any other word that starts with those two letters. Enjoy! Please feel free to click the link and join in the fun.

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