Serious, Funny, Amazing, Beautiful

We’re thankful for a thousand things this month, but even in the throes of gratitude, we’re flawed and complicated and often difficult to comprehend. Serious Bella, peacefully writing and drawing, turns into a screaming, roaring lion just minutes later.

Sam and I laugh about the idea of someone dressing as Dumbledora the Explorer for Halloween, but that buoyancy barely sustains us through homework arguments and the drama of sibling rivalry.

Which is why gratitude has to be an ongoing practice, not just a pithy soundbite during the Thanksgiving round robin, or even daily Facebook posts during November. I think that I’m a grateful person, but every day my gratitude is tested. Things fall apart, we get angry, we get sad, we storm out of rooms, forgetting the love that seemed all encompassing, just moments before.

How fortunate that the reverse is also true. We inch back together, offering our olive branches of silly jokes, paper clip magic tricks, the dishes done, an extra story, one last hug. The process is amazing and beautiful, and I’m grateful for that.

What has been your greatest source of gratitude this month? How do you get back to gratitude when life gets tough?

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2 thoughts on “Serious, Funny, Amazing, Beautiful

  1. One thing for sure, I am thankful for a positive work partner who can get me back on to a “can do attitude” rather than my downer outlook

  2. Look how Bella is growing up.
    Getting back to gratitude….I breathe and pray.
    Sometimes, I do a body scan to remember all the places where I have hurt in the past and now don’t hurt. After all these many years, it’s quite a journey through many episodes of experiencing pain where I survived and often thrived. Starting with my toes….stubbed, forced into tight shoes, blisters, etc…..work my way up through legs, torso, limbs and on up. I get to the top of my head and know I’ve lived through so many (and yet comparatively few) difficult times. Is that a weird exercise or what? We usually remember the good stuff and bury the negative so this gentle exercise seems balancing to me.
    I’m also grateful for humor and kindness (including self-compassion) to bring things around.

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