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Recently, I read an article in a cool magazine for the Pagan/Wiccan community. It was called Goddess on the Go and the subject was gratitude. Normally gratitude is thought of as being thankful to other people, but in this article it also means showing gratitude to the Goddess for all she has provided for us even while we are busy juggling our day-to-day lives. One of the ways they suggested it was to write down all of your blessings, and putting it somewhere that you could access it. So I thought of writing mine down and sharing it here.
Blessing one: my husband. Since I was a kid I watched my friends and others girls already have boyfriends, and the trend continued through high school. Even some of my sisters had boyfriends. It felt to me like I would never find someone special, that something was wrong with me. After high school, I moved to North Dakota (from Ohio) and at my first job met my now husband, Zac. After a year and a half of dating we got engaged, and this last August, we got married. I canít imagine my life without him now, and for that I am grateful heís in my life.
Blessing two: my house. After I moved out of my parentsí, I lived in a friendís house, and 3 different apartments before Zac bought our current house in September 2011. Not only am I the first of my sisters to get married but I am also the first to own a house. It feels great to be able to live in a house and not pay rent every month.
Blessing three: my family. In my family, I have my mom, my step dad, and four younger half sisters. I also had the blessing of growing up with my extended family in my life, mainly my grandparents, both of my aunts and uncles, and my three cousins. During holidays, we see my grandmotherís side of the family, consisting of four brothers (three of which we see during holidays) , and their wives and kids, and up until March of 2009 her mother (my great-grandmother) . Now that Iím married, I also have my in-laws. There is my mother-in-law, father-in-law, two brothers-in-law (one married into the family) , three sisters-in-law (one married into the family) , one niece, and two nephews.
Blessing four: my cat. I am a huge animal lover, so after we got our house a former coworker of mine told me she found a kitten wandering around her apartment building one night. She posted notices in case he belonged to anyone, and when no one claimed him, I took him in since she already had two cats. His name is Basil (pronounced with a short A, and not like the herb) . He is a grey striped domestic shorthair, and there is never a dull moment with him around. Since we own a house, I never have to worry about having to get rid of him, unlike if we were in an apartment. He also keeps me company when Iím home alone and Zac is at work.
Blessing five: my health. Okay this is a tricky one. Overall, I can say Iím a healthy person. There are a few things that I could do without, like my occasional panic attacks, and my eyesight. Iím not legally blind but I am nearsighted and need glasses or contacts to see things far away. At this point, I need them to see past a couple feet in front of my face. But, I always think back and remember there could be a lot worse wrong with me. So, with that, I am grateful for my health.
Blessing six: my driverís license. At first, I was not one of the lucky teenagers who took their driverís test and got their license at sixteen. With the help of my husband, I was able to get my license at the age of twenty-three. Without it, I would not be able to get to places I need to be very easily, especially when Zac is working. So I got lucky and got my license a month before we bought our house. Our house is in a town across the river from where work is (was) . With that said, I am very grateful that I now have my license.
Blessing seven: my friends. I am lucky to have friends in places both near and far. I still have my best friends from high school, three of the most unique girls you will ever meet. Two of them actually introduced me to Wicca when I was sixteen. The third one introduced me to D and D (Dungeons and Dragons) , which I havenít played since high school since I donít know any locals who play. I also have three best friends I met after high school who live near where I do now. These guys are exactly what the term implies, guys, only they are loud, proud and gay. With diversity like this, and a common thread between all of us, who could ask for anything more?
So, that is my list of blessings. As one can judge, I have a pretty good life going for me. Even though life can get pretty rough, and sometimes downright miserable, all it takes is to take a look at what good things you have going for you. Like in all things, there is no bad without good, and vice versa. Thank Gods for all of the blessings in my life!
Now, I welcome all of you who may read this to write your own list of blessings. I look forward to reading what good things there are around us all. Oh, and if anyone in my area plays Dungeons and Dragons, or knows where I can get started again, please feel free to let me know.
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