What Are YOU Thankful For?

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What Are YOU Thankful For?

It is not happy people who are thankful. It is thankful people who are happy.

Happy Gratitude Day!

Breathe Repeat asked our contributors, “What are you thankful for?” Their responses are as varied and inspiring as they are!

Meg Thompson: I’m thankful for having a cozy home as the weather gets colder!  Nothing better than snuggling up with my husband and my kitty with a good book by the warm radiator!  It also makes me feel for the homeless of New York City who don’t have this luxury, and I plan on volunteering at soup kitchens during the holidays.

Ariel Levy: I am thankful for modern science.

Fanny Oehl: I’m honestly thankful for so much, but I have so much admiration for those that choose to protect us. I do not have specific connections to the military, but I cannot quite wrap my head around the fact that there are so many men and women who risk their lives to protect all of us. We don’t know them, but we should make time to give back to our veterans. The bravery (no matter what they do) is unbelievable and so many of them deserve gratitude and much more care than they receive. I am safe because so many choose to be on the front lines all over the world, keeping our sangha (community) safe.

Elyssa Jakim: I am thankful for waking up in the morning in a soft bed, my family, laughter, fresh wintery air, touch, good food, good company, and hugs.

Jamie Lugo: (Because I can’t decide between my dogs and my husband… ) I am really grateful for my home practice! It’s cold outside and I am so thankful that I can roll out my mat and tune in the comfort of my own home. Especially when I am in need of some serious restoration…

Leanne Shear: I  am thankful for failure. This might sound strange, especially because on paper, I appear to be a relatively accomplished person. However, I have truly mostly failed at things in my life–it’s just hidden well because I have tried to look at every “failure” (personal, professional, romantic, etc) just as the simultaneous closing–then opening–of one door then the other…and thus, another and better path appearing. For me, failure=learning. And boy, have I learned a LOT so far in this lifetime!

Tracey Toomey McQuade: I’m thankful for my 3-month-old son’s giggles.  Just when I thought he couldn’t get any cuter, he started laughing, and his giggle sounds a little like the sound the Pillsbury dough boy makes when he’s tickled.  Best sound ever! I wish it was my ringtone.

Joyce Englander Levy: I am grateful for people who are moving towards peace. Their efforts are often overshadowed in the news by the violence and discord in this world, but it takes a lot of effort and courage to move towards peace. One can’t just sit back, run away, or hide and make a significant difference. Even small steps towards resolution in one’s own mind or family are brave steps. But there are also people who are committed to changing the world in bigger ways, and I admire them.  I am grateful to the people who are committed to this very complicated cause of making the world a safer, kinder place.

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