“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
Family, friends, silly students, new opportunities, good books, dark chocolate, coffee, trails, beautiful days, sunshine, adventures…the list goes on and on. There are so many things in life to be thankful for, so many things that brighten each day and bring joy to living. Each night I make a point of writing down one thing I am grateful for, even on rough, less-than-lovely days, so that I always go to sleep with the most positive part of the day in my mind. Beautiful weather, trips, nights out with friends, dates, good food, long runs on mountain trails, funny situations, students and moments of perfect solitude have all been captured in my lines of gratitude, but above and beyond all these things for me is my gratefulness for life. There was a time several years ago when I was willing to throw my life away, to end it and be done. I was pulled from that path and given a second chance at life and that changed everything. I am so grateful to be alive so that I can enjoy time with my family, laughs with my friends, the deliciousness of coffee and the wonder of embarking on a new adventure. I am grateful for a chance to really live and not simply exist. And I am grateful for all the people, all the experiences that made it possible for me to appreciate and love this life.