Category Archives: Thankitude
Despite the fact that you read a lot here about my disappointments and things that I don’t like about my life, I was reminded once again how grateful I am for everything that is me. I’m grateful for the good and the bad. I’m grateful for the gloriously perfect days and those that are filled with struggle and turmoil. I am the sum total of all those varied parts and if I had to change places with anyone else, for more than just an hour or two, I have to say that I’m pretty sure I would just want to be me–flaws and all.
Besides–if I didn’t have all these things I’m working on, whatever would I do?
Hope you are all having a great day. Here’s the little reminder that I got today that brought me down this particular path. Enjoy!
HAPPY EVERYDAY TO ME!!
Today you are you.
That is truer than true.
There is no one alive
that is you-er than you.
Shout aloud “I am glad to be what I am.
Thank goodness I’m not a ham or a clam
Or a dusty old bottle of gooseberry jam.
I am what I am.
What a great thing to be!
If I say so myself
HAPPY EVERYDAY TO ME!”
You might see that heading and think that you will be reading a post all about the perils of eating that accompanying the holidays. Good guess, but not so.
As part of “Project Positivity” I am coming to a realization that one of the easiest ways to shift from my negative thinking–particularly directed toward myself–is to focus on the things that I am grateful for.
So, from time to time, I will post about the things that I am particularly thankful for at the time (aka the category of Thankitude). I will start today…..
Today, I am grateful for my body. Yes, I know that it is at the heart of what I berate myself about from time to time. While I’m not 100% happy with my appearance, I am so very grateful for my body. It is a strong body. For the most part it is a healthy body. I’m grateful for my pretty eyes and for my crooked smile. I’m grateful for my thick (albeit fine) hair. I’m thanks for strong arms that allow me to hug the people in my life. I’m grateful for a voice that allows me to sing and express myself. I’m grateful for all of the little scars that remind me of the good and the not so good times in my past. I’m grateful for good hearing and eyesight. I’m grateful for mostly straight teeth. I am grateful that I can run, and jump, and swim, and work, and play, and sleep, and eat. People…..I have it good! I’m grateful for this body!
My challenge to you the next time you want to pick apart things about your appearance, to sit down with a piece of paper and for every thing you don’t like about your body — match it with two things you are thankful for about your body. I promise you, your opinion of yourself and your body will be forever changed.
After doing this myself, I am so much more dedicated to taking care of what I have rather than wanting the things that are not. I am thankful!