Reasons to be Grateful

Gratitude has a way of making life much better- it has a way of taking the sting out of any adversity you may face. It also helps you to put things in perspective. Gratitude isn’t about having delusions of grandeur. In fact, it’s far from it. It’s about realizing the blessings you have and counting them- making you realize that there is beauty in life if you look for it.

I will admit that sometimes, I forget to count my blessings and am not as thankful as I should be, we all get that way sometimes, especially when things don’t go as planned. However, as long as we realize it, we can quickly get back on the right track.

There are many things I am grateful for:

1. An awesome family who is close-knit and supportive of one another. I’m thankful for the love and togetherness we share and that we have healthy relationships with one another.

2. I’m thankful for my husband, Mike. Although we’ve had our ups and downs, we live each other very much. He is affectionate and open with me about everything. He works hard and takes care of me. Best of all, he supports me in my blogging and publishing of my books, which is something I thoroughly enjoy. I couldn’t ask for a better husband!

3. I’m grateful for my children. They have grown to be responsible adults who work hard, lead productive lives, and believe in God.

4. I’m grateful to have escaped bullying and eventually gotten to know my value and the good I bring to the table. I thank God everyday for opening my eyes and helping me to restore my confidence and peace of mind.

There are so many more things on my Gratitude List but if I wrote it all down, the list would be so long I’d use up all my storage space.

What are you grateful for today? Feel free to comment below.

91 thoughts on “Reasons to be Grateful

  1. I’m grateful for you, and your posts. I often share your words with other family members that are dealing with a severe bullying situation! You’re a blessing to so many! <3

    • My heart is pleasantly overwhelmed and I’m so glad your family members are taking their lives back! πŸ’–πŸ’ This gladdens me more than you know! πŸ€—πŸ€—πŸ€—

  2. Having a loving; supportive family around you definitely makes all the difference Cherie!! πŸ‘πŸ˜ I’m grateful to have a loving; supportive wife who works hard and encourages me in my blogs and writing poetry & 2 beautiful: clever little girls who are a constant source of inspiration for aforementioned poetry. 😁

  3. It excites me when I wake up in the mornings. It means I am still alive. From my perspective, life is a precious gift. And, in my experience, the next heartbeat is never guaranteed.

  4. So beautiful my friend! What beautiful blessings. Cherie, I’m so grateful for God’s grace and love, my family, friends, my pup, my home, and of course, nature! In many ways I should not be here. I’ve survived and can now have a peace that passes understanding because of the rough waters. I miss my sons, daughter-in-law’s, and grandkids ~they are so far away. I’m thankful for you~for being a friend and someone who helps us all! πŸ’›β€οΈπŸ™πŸ»πŸ₯°πŸ€—

    • Wow, Karla! You are soooo blessed! God is so good! Thank you so much for sharing this! God has indeed surrounded you with earth-angels! I understand when kids live far away- it’s tough not getting to see them often. I pray you get to hug your kids and grandkids soon. πŸ’–πŸ’πŸŒΊπŸ•ŠπŸ˜ŠπŸ€—

  5. I too am grateful for you and your posts that helped open my eyes to my own situation. I am grateful for other bloggers too, who’s courage helped me find my own. I am grateful for my husband, my children, and my family who have been there for me all throughout and supported me, even during my psychotic times. Mostly, I am grateful for myself for gaining the knowledge, insight, and strength to fight for myself and the right to live my own life free without fear.

    • You are so blessed, sweetie! And I love that you’re surrounded by the love of your family! I especially live that they were there for you when those tenants bullied you. The love of God and of your family is something that bullies can never take away! πŸ’–πŸ’πŸŒΊπŸ•Š

  6. Such an important post!! Key to enjoying life. I am thankful for all of God’s blessings. Once you start counting, you realize there are too many to count.πŸ˜ƒβ€

  7. Today is a really big day for our farm because in about six hours we’re headed to a meeting that’s going to more than double the size of it πŸ₯° I’m DEFINITELY feeling grateful, thankful, and blessed!! It’s harder to feel that way when everything is going wrong though. That’s when we need it the most. Sometimes I do a perimeter walk and I count my blessings or I drop everything to create some alone time for myself to be thankful for. It helps! πŸ₯°

  8. Looking at the world right now, I’m grateful to be safe. Housed, fed and not under immediate threat. Gratitude is so important and powerful, isn’t it? Lovely post!

  9. I’m grateful for my family (my sis) and my loved ones who support me no matter how f***ed up the situations I’m in… They are always there for my mental and emotional support 😌
    Thanks cherie for your beautiful post πŸ’•πŸ€—πŸ™

  10. i am grateful for having been given super care at the hospital yesterday for my day sugery on my hand. it went well and pain is on par with pre surgery pain except now I have pain meds…I asked! And I received! (The last 2 nights did emdr to help with anxiety over pain from the procedure- i started getting reconstructive surgeries as an infant for some birth defects due to a drug my mom took for morning sickness back in the 60s so i have an extensive amt of time spent in operating rooms and getting modifications- but when i got back home, no one cared i was in pain esp my Narcissistic mother who resented me even before my birth, no one heard my cries, no one helped and i suppose i developed early on, a sense that i was not worthy of care, affection or help; so the surgery and feelings of not being worthy of support or help triggered me. i am healing and the use of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing worked like a charm!!! i reprocessed my anxiety about pain and became my own advocate seeking out help for myself! i am regained my voice in that area! so i am super grateful and proud of myself! ( ps:hence the lack of capitals and puncs in this as i am a one armed banditt for the next little while.)

    • I’m so sorry your mother treated you so terribly. I’m also sorry you had health issues amd surgeries from birth. Being around a narcissist is hell, but I can’t imagine having a narcissist parent! I can only guess that it’s a feeling of entrapment. I’m so glad that you were given EMDR as a tool because it does work like a charm. I was told about it after my last husband died tragically and I found him. EMDR is a sure-fire great tool for anyone who’s been through trauma and has C-PTSD. Here’s wishing you a speedy recovery! πŸ’–πŸŒΊπŸ’πŸ•Š

  11. This is why i started my 365days of thankfulness this year. Gratefulness has away of bringing joy into your life. With all the darkness in the world right now, gratitude has a way of bringing in light. It has the power to drive away fear. Thank you for sharing.

    • You’re most welcome, Molly! πŸ’–πŸ•Š And yesss! In today’s world we need gratitude now more than ever! And gratitude and recognition of God’s blessings only chases away all the darkness! 🌞🌞🌞

    • hey henhouselady- i started one too the first of january- i especially love the little things like fresh breezes, gentle snow fall, silent houses, morning birdsong, and watching day break…glorious and grateful! thx for posting this!

  12. That’s a list to be grateful for, to be sure! It is so important to be appreciative of that which we have, especially when the world can be such a dark place in present day. Thanks for the reminder, because as much as I try not to forget all that I am blessed to have, sometimes in all the chaos my gratitude gets lost. Have a great weekend, Cherie!

    • You have a great weekend too, Peach! β€πŸ’™πŸ’š And you’re right, in the midst of storms, it’s way too easy to lose gratitude. πŸ’― Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment! πŸ’–πŸ’

  13. wow! how heartbreaking to witness, cherie!!! πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’— when it was first suggested, i asked my freds and only one had heard about emdr when a her son witnessed his granfather collapsing. apparently they say that isolated incidents or one offs can be easier/ quicker to work through- Cptsd is more entailed as it takes place from numerous incidents all jumbled and more time needed to unburden… but I totally see its merits and am so glad it helped you!

    thank you for your well wishes. sometimes i asked myself why i had even asked to even be born to her or why she hadn’t just left me at the orphanage- but then again i would not have turned out as i have. so obviously this is also part of my life’s work- education, trauma, bullying and healing.

    • You’re absolutely right! πŸ’― Maybe there was a reason God allowed you to go through what you went through just like He allowed me to go through bullying at school. He knew it would one day set us on the paths that we were meant to be on and that, through our experiences, we would help others. Keep writing, keep blogging, keep telling your story because it will be a guidebook to people who really need it! Today is your day and I wish you all the peace and happiness your heart can hold! πŸ’–πŸŒΊπŸ’πŸ•Š

      • you truly have a beautiful way with the pen- easy to see it is your pal! actually am not a blogger, just responding to you like we were penpals, sweet lady! you inspire me in so many ways! thank you again! happy weekend!

        • This means a lot, Kim. πŸ’–πŸŒΊπŸ’ And my apologies. I guess most people I talk to on here are bloggers and it’s easy to assume everyone is so I apologize for that. Know that you’re always welcome here and I’m so glad you found this blog- that is a blessing in and of itself. πŸ’œπŸ’™πŸ’šβ€

          • no worries at all- complimentary if you must know! as i have shared before my pen is stronger than my spoken word- but my voice has come a long way and soon it will soar and sing in helping others.

          • I totally agree, sweetie! You’re a voice of hope to so many who are bullied and many more who suffer the after-effects of it! Your pen is powerful, Kim! And you’d make a good blogger and author!

  14. Great thoughts! I think one thing we all need to do is a better job of reaching out to those who have positively influenced us, those that we far too often let fly under the radar. We often tell our significant others what they mean to us, our kids, but there are so many other people that have made big differences and encouraged us that we never acknowledge or not nearly enough. We all need to go out and tell those people thank you. As a matter of fact it would be very cool through texts or maybe even better on our Social Media pages list, tag, etc people who have impacted us in positive ways just to let them know we are thinking about them.

    • I couldn’t agree more! We should give recognition to everyone who made a positive difference in our lives and let them know how much we appreciate them. πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–

  15. My daily gratitude list is one of the things that keeps me going. Helps me maintain my spiritual focus, which is still a challenge.

  16. Love this post! Like you, I have so much to be grateful for. My family, faith in God, health and personal freedom top my list today! I completely agree that an attitude of gratitude can change the worst day into a great day! Thanks for the reminder! Best Wishes and have a great weekend! Leigh

    • You have a great weekend too, Leigh! Thank you so much for sharing your gratitude list with us! πŸ’–πŸ’πŸŒΊπŸ¦‹πŸ•Š I’m so happy for you and wish you many more blessings! πŸ’•

  17. I love and appreciate your post. Gratitude is literally my savior and drug of choice – I feel – I love the feeling of it when I am able to immerse in it. Everything and everyone becomes a blessing.

  18. Girlfriend, I so agree with you that gratitude is about realizing the blessings you have and counting them- making you realize that there is beauty in life if you look for it. That is right on time. We need to focus on the highlights of our gratitude every single day to remain humble and aware. πŸ™πŸ½πŸ€—πŸ’–πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ’‹πŸ₯°πŸŽ΅ Great reflections my dear! 😘

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