Thankfulness, gratitude. Often times these words appear during holiday seasons and when a light lifts us from our darkest hours. Being grateful, if only for the small every day treasures of "Hi Mama!" or that first kiss of the day from your partner can be prevalent every day, without a holiday of "thanks" pressuring us to prove our thankfulness to others and of course, to ourselves.
What I've learned on my journey to self acceptance through motherhood and beyond is that it's OK to feel gratitude for YOURSELF. Mothers are often the last to receive thanks for the small every day. I encourage you, to while you consider your gratitude towards others, towards moments and towards material goods, you also take a moment and give yourself a word of thanks. Of course it's lovely to hear a "thank you mama" or "thank you darling" but we forget the value of ourselves TO ourselves.
I am thankful, today for my ability to give love. Love to my children, my husband and to my community.
I am also thankful for quiet. I've never been thankful for quiet until recently and I'd have never really considered what a difference it makes. After 8 weeks of shared living space with a relative, my family of 4 being on our own again the quiet of 2 children under 5 (yes! I just said that) is beautiful.
Our "quiet" is not necessarily about noise or volume but about the peaceful quiet of our own routine. I'll never forget the stability of our families dynamic again.
I'm also thankful for the reminder that this season of Holidays brings to us. We CAN stop and enjoy the moments, we CAN be thankful for quiet, we CAN be thankful to ourselves for getting a healthy meal on the table for our family. And we can, of course... Be thankful for each other.