Gratitude – a work in progress

There are so many blessings within my life. I am grateful for them all. And on good days, I am grateful for the challenges as well.

Today I am grateful for my family, my friends, my students and my teachers. I am grateful for my familiars and my pets. I am grateful for my home, my neighbors and our community. I am grateful for the larger communities for which I am a member … whether recognized or not.

I am grateful for my corporate career that made it possible for me to retire, and the calling from the divine that revealed to me the work now in my hands. I am grateful for my twelve years of Catholic education and the discipline and focus it taught me. I am grateful for the nuns who dared to call me to activism and justice. I am grateful for the organizations and movements that provided an outlet for my imagination, hope and rage.

I am grateful to my ancestors who taught me how to survive. I am grateful to all the artists, musicians, scientists and writers who taught me how to thrive.

I am grateful to the trees that hid me within its branches, and to the clouds for lifting me into the unknown. I am grateful to my mother who taught me how to fight. I am grateful to my father who taught me how to tell a story. And I am grateful to my sister who taught me how to sing and dance.

But most of all I am grateful for all of you … Happy Thanksgiving

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Submitted by katrina on Thu, 11/26/2009 - 4:19pm.

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