Taking the full measure of life

I Am

November 26th, 2008 · 6 Comments

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That some of the people who have known me the longest are still some of the people who are most important to me;

That I married someone who never gives up on me, and who laughs with me many times a day;

That I get to have sex with said man as often as I like, no guilt or worries;

That I live in a place and time where at least the struggle for equality is taken seriously by many;

That Dr. Harry first told me, “I can tell by looking at you that you have gluten intolerance”;

That I have the privilege of many life options and choices, which offer a burden but one that is contained within a great gift;

That I live in a society where I have access to amazing foods influenced by the cuisines of Mexico, Thailand, India, China, Italy, France, Ethiopia, Morocco, and many other countries;

That I live in an apartment with insulation in the walls, glass in the windows, heat and a/c from the vents, clean hot and cold water in the faucets, and electricity through the outlets;

That poetry, and plays, and music, and paintings, and sculpture, and photography, and dancing exist;

That when I am home, sweet kitties come to curl in up in my lap;

That I get to know some of the farmers who grow my food;

That I am learning to accept paradoxes, ambiguities, and other complexities as an integral and even beautiful part of life;

That I have access to the thoughts, beliefs, feelings, wisdom, and experiences of others by my ability to read what they have written;

That some others embrace me, and offer grace for my faults and limitations;

That I have learned and keep learning how to extend myself mentally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally;

That, as an adult, I have found a church community where I feel at home;

That I get to keep growing so that, even in the painful times, even when I feel inadequate or alone or depleted, I can know that I am wiser each day, with more to offer than the day before;

That I can take naps when I am utterly tired;

That I have a web of people around the world I can support and be supported by, through this electronic medium:

I am grateful.

Tags: celebrations & holidays · gratitude

6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ricki // Nov 27, 2008 at 5:40 am

    Beautifully expressed (as always). Hope your Thanksgiving is magical.

  • 2 michelle // Nov 27, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    And I am grateful for you, too. Thanks for the simple sentiments that mean so much more than just the words – it’s good to be reminded of such things. Happiest of Thanksgivings to you, Sally.

  • 3 Laura // Nov 28, 2008 at 8:51 am

    Perfectly said. Happy Thanksgiving to you! I am grateful to have found such an amazing twin through the internet, through our shared pursuit of healthy but sumptuous eating.

  • 4 glutenfreeforgood // Nov 29, 2008 at 6:46 am

    “That I have access to the thoughts, beliefs, feelings, wisdom, and experiences of others by my ability to read what they have written.”

    Beautifully said and I feel the same way! I’m thankful for you and the rest of this lovely blogging community we are part of.

    Blessings to all,

  • 5 Kelleen // Dec 2, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    That says it all. I love your blog and thank you for your kind words.

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  • 6 dojski // Dec 7, 2008 at 4:47 am

    Lovely, lovely post. What affirmation!

    You are a GEM, Sally.

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