Thankful Thursday #002

Welcome back to another instalment of Thankful Thursday. I think it was well and truly time for another round, don’t you agree?

I came up with the idea of Thankful Thursday after feeling a bit ‘blah’ with the world. It tends to happen when you work in criminal defence law. The work can get overwhelming if you don’t have good self-care practices or methods of protecting yourself. After all, having a twisted sense of humour can only get you so far in life. I was listening to a Rise & Conquer podcast and the guest was talking about taking time out of your day to be thankful. Not only that, but to take time out of your day to tell people how much you appreciate them.

The idea for Thankful Thursday hit me like a tonne of bricks. I had been running around like a chicken with its head cut off – going from one thing to the next – without taking a break to appreciate what I had and the work it had taken to get there. I needed to slow down and take time to appreciate what I have because I had once dreamed of being where I am today. I literally told the Universe what I wanted and she delivered.

The Universe has my damn back and she hears me, so it’s time to be thankful that she is always ready and willing to come to the party (even if she shows up in a lesson you didn’t anticipate).

“There is always, always, always something to be thankful for.”

I am thankful for my work colleagues. It has been a rough season but they have shown me that our office is a small family and – like it or not – we’re stuck with one another. They have shown me so much grace and understanding that it has absolutely warmed my heart and given me a whole new level of appreciation for all of them.

I am thankful for the forgiveness of a toddler. It comes quick and without conditions. I’m a single parent and this gig is hard. Sometimes, I raise my voice or skip story time because both of us are exhausted. Sometimes I forget to slow down and just breathe. To not rush through life. My son is incredibly forgiving and a simple hug from him does wonders in turning my day around.

I am thankful for the power of the internet. It has connected me with some of my absolute best friends and “spirit people”. I have discovered a way to express myself and connect with others on the same level – all around the world – and there is nothing better.

I am thankful for my body. The older I get, the more I appreciate my body for everything it is and everything it continues to do for me. There’s a lot that goes on in the background that I take for granted. I remember being in primary school and struggling to breathe because of asthma. The feeling of having to fight for every breath is never a pleasant one, but I’m thankful that – with the help of medicine – my body has gotten better and – together – we can handle it much better than before. This meatsuit of mine has experienced many seasons: childhood, adolescence, love, hate, loneliness, grief, happiness, and adulthood. I am thankful for every season we’ve had together. May there be many more.

I am thankful for my friends and family. If I have learned anything from being in criminal defence law, it is that I have it good. Really good. My friends and family have always been there to support me in my decisions (even when they don’t agree) and they will be at my side at the drop of a hat if I need help with anything. I am one of the lucky ones.

I am thankful for where I am: Physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. All of it is slowly starting to come together, and I’m feeling more and more like myself. I’ve established boundaries in my friendships and work relationships, embraced my “woo-woo” side, and have just generally been truer to myself. I’m not afraid to stand up for myself or voice my opinion if it differs to someone else. I’m starting to really not care what people think of me and it is utterly freeing.

I feel like I could go on and on because I’m truly so thankful for everything in my life at the moment. It’s almost like I’m a child discovering the world for the first time again, and it is beautiful. So, for now, I am going to sit back and count my blessings. This life is strange and hard and beautiful, and I am thankful for what it is.

Don’t forget to tell someone that you’re thankful for them and their contribution to your life. It might take thirty seconds out of your day but it could change their entire day for the better.

Now it’s your turn! It can be big or small but what is something you’re thankful for? Let me know!