What's the one thing you have come to appreciate most in the past year? How do you express gratitude for it?
Me. That is it. Just little o' me.
I have been through a lot in my lifetime, I really have. Some of it is public, but a whole heck of a lot of it, and probably the single most thing that has shaped all those troubled years still stays buried inside of me. I suspect it always will. That's not to say that I have had any rougher of a time than anyone else (but its all relative); and honestly a lot of it I put myself through, over and over again. Just always searching, trying to fill holes, trying to squash memories...It took a few incidents back in 2004 for me to finally, once and for all, begin to change the rest of my life.
I don't believe that I am quite finished with me just yet...but I am so close.
My expression of gratitude is simple. Not only do I acknowledge 'me' but I take care of 'me'..specifically by giving my body (and mind) what it needs to be as healthy as possible, as in the way of what goes into it on a daily basis, but more importantly what I don't put into it. Sure I slip up a time or two, but I am no drill sargent, but one thing I still think does irrepairable damage is excess. Excessive alcohol and excessive food (in its processed forms).
As someone who once did that (and more, much much more), I have personally seen the changes both internally and externally as to what a healthier lifestyle can do for a person.
I 'work' my body and my mind through exercise, learning new things, and being curious.
I am not being holier than thou or knocking on whoever out there chooses to do what they do (or not do)...but I also generally will excuse myself from situations that are uncomfortable to my way of thinking.
And I leave this post with one a quote that I think is fitting:
For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson