Thankful for What I Have and Who I Am

I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.

~Henry David Thoreau

Very often we hear, “Be grateful for the ordinary things in life.” Excellent advice.
So I try to be grateful for the big “ordinary” things – my children, my husband, a roof over my head – and the little ordinary things – wrinkle cream, hair dye, and craft beer (not necessarily in that order).
But Thoreau in his quote says he is also grateful for “what I am.” Hmmm, what does that mean? Maybe this might explain:

I help take care of my very ill sibling. It’s hard to be grateful for anything in this situation. So, for me, I think Thoreau’s more nuanced version of gratitude means be grateful for:

  • my tenacity: I fight to resolve the varied, complicated issues of my sibling’s condition

  • my knowledge: I (usually) know to take care of myself when I feel depleted

  • my insight: I (mostly) surrender to problems that have no resolution

Those would be the things that “I am.”
Unlike Thoreau, however, my thanksgiving is not perpetual; some days I am so spent that I can barely speak. But I try to remember to thank the heavens for the everyday “things” I have and I will work on being grateful for who I am.
What are attributes for which you can be thankful?

  • Are you a good listener?

  • Do you make people laugh when they are feeling down?

  • Can you sink a three-pointer with one hand tied behind your back?

See, we all have gifts for which to be grateful.
Try modeling Thoreau’s version of gratitude for your kids. When life gives you lemons, show them how good you are at making lemonade (figuratively speaking). And serve that lemonade with your Thanksgiving dinner. Mmmm, turkey, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie. I am eternally grateful.

By Claire Gawinowicz, Certified Parenting Educator
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2 Responses to Thankful for What I Have and Who I Am

  1. Hello everyone my name is Vanilla Segura-Loville the reason why I am joining this class today is because I have not been there for my son since September of this year and I want to take this class for better parenting skills. I want to better myself as a parent. And I want to see my son again. I want to get to know him more. I love him dearly and I always will.

  2. And I am thankful to be alive and to see what’s in front of me. And I am thankful for this opportunity to join parenting class to know everything I need to know about my baby.