Gratitude for the Hard Stuff

In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. -1 Thessalonians 5:18

Recently tasked to make a list of 10 things I am grateful for. I could have said: house, job, kid, car…but I felt called to go deeper...

1. πŸ’”I’m grateful for my last ex-boyfriend. It wasn’t a good fit and I’m not proud of my choices, but he helped me through back surgery and moving from one apartment to another when I felt no one else could or would.

2. πŸ€¦ I’m grateful for the ex-ex-boyfriend…yeah I have a poor history of boyfriend choices, it’s embarrassing but broken roads lead to beautiful destinations. I ran into him the other day. It was a bit of a shock. I was ashamed 2-fold: 1.) that I had dated him even (an alcoholic atheist) and 2.) that I’ve gained so much weight since last seeing him. But, he was the reason I extended my contract where I work and ultimately ended up building a life.

3. πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§My daughter’s father- a history of young love and real hate. I have my child and the strength and spirit gained in raising her alone. I also know hate and how to overcome it.

4. πŸ€Work personality conflicts- forced me to speak up for myself/my feelings and learn to manage different personalities in a productive way. Also, forced me to face that I am capable of gossip and need to control myself to prevent the promotion of a toxic environment.

5. πŸ‘™Victoria’s Secret- expensive but the free bust measuring- a well fitted bra is the best! Hahahaha, seriously though.

6. πŸ’‰Vaccine Mandates- silver lining- so many new friends I have made and things I have learned about local politics. I have a new community. Proud of standing my ground in what I felt was right/wrong for me.

7. πŸ†My most difficult and time consuming patient earned me an award at work that helped heal emotional wounds related to traumatic work experiences.

8. πŸ’€ The skeletons in my closet- between 17 and about 21 years old, I lived a rock and roll lifestyle. Hard to admit. God kept me alive- I am grateful for that. These experiences added to my compassion and the ability to extend grace and lack of judgement to others that are living in sin. We all fall short and just because a person is where they are in the moment, you never know their journey or who they will become. God loves us all where we are and has great plans and purpose for everyone.

9. πŸ’ŠMy antidepressant/antianxiety medication, my psychiatric nurse practitioner and counselor.

10.β˜•οΈ Local coffee shop- Miel Latte

What are you grateful for today? Are there rough roads or wrong turns of your past that you can find gratitude for?

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