by Kristin on November 25, 2010

in Culture, ideas & paradigms

Photo by Jesus Solana

Today, not surprisingly, I’m reflecting on what I’m thankful for. And not surprisingly, the things I come up with when I’m forcing the issue seem typical and cliche. Food. A comfortable home. Family and friends.

I am thankful for those things, of course, but I was also wishing I had a gratitude journal to reference, to help me more fully explore and express the day-to-day blessings that feed and sustain me.

Then it occurred to me: What if I looked back at my blog posts over the past year? Would they serve as a less-typical gratitude journal, of sorts?

They did. Here are some of the things I’ve been grateful for this past year, along with the posts that inspired my list.

- For a family and in-laws who love me for who I am, and who I genuinely enjoy spending time with. (Sometimes life snowballs in a good way)

- That there is joy to counter the world’s darkness. (Bridging dark to light)

- For a church family that is not perfect, and doesn’t pretend to be. (Perfection: do not attempt at church)

- For my Grandma June, who died in January 2010, and the amazing legacy of joy she left. (Talking to my kids about death)

- That God created each of us to be individuals—there is no “right” way to be, other than to be ourselves. (God doesn’t make cookie cutter hearts)

- That I have been able to share my struggles with depression, helping others feel less alone. (Bringing a dark secret to the light)

- For continued grace in the midst of less-than-perfect circumstances. (Divorce, blended families & that “strategy” known as grace)

- For apologies and new beginnings. (Dumpsters, an apology & a chance to start again)

- For delicious meals and friends, old and new, to share them with. (Feasting with strangers)

- For Jason, my wonderful husband, and our marriage. (Gardening and marriage)

- For the wonderful opportunity to be a mother—and for my mother. (Moms need moms, too)

- For strangers who offer grace, and my ability to receive and pass it on to others. (Monday’s unlikely Samaritan)

- That I can learn from the lessons I teach my kids. (From badditude to gratitude)

- For all of YOU—my online community via blogging and Twitter—and the ways you feed my thoughts, encourage and inspire me. (Ten questions for YOU)

Happy Thanksgiving.

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  • Ray Hollenbach

    Thanks for a weekend’s worth of reading. What’s best about this post is that you have given voice to your gratitude during the year. That’s a sign of health.

  • susan

    I agree with Ray. I’m thankful for having a place to come and recharge my spirit! Thanks for being part of my blogging journey…

  • Kristin T.

    Ray, thanks for being such a loyal reader and friend, always willing to share your thoughts and encouragement. It can be tricky as a blogger, I’ve found, to express raw honesty without tipping over into downers-ville. I know I have much to be thankful for, so I’m glad my blog reflects that side of my life, too.

    susan, I am thankful for readers like you, and I’m also grateful I can be an encouragement to you. (Sounds like the give and take of real friendship, doesn’t it? :)