Sometimes being thankful is difficult. You put life into a great perspective. Of all your thank you's, I like the last one because I am thankful now for the same reason. At 66 years of age, I finally have come to a point of healing from a 4 year old abuse situation. I lived all my life with the resultant trauma, not knowing what was going on. Why the pain? Now I am figuring it out and living the recovery. I am not with my family today because of the strain on our relationship brought on by a series of illnesses for both of us and mainly by my inability to deal with life. I am finally getting a handle on things and have a long way to go. I will not live with the hidden pain, damaged self-concept, and relationship difficulties any longer. It is scary for me to face this. I have tried to make changes in how I feel about myself and how I relate to others, but have always fallen short. In comparison to when I was in high school, I have come a long way, but I have so far to go. I don't know where I am going for sure or if I will remain a married person. I do know that I am starting to live a more self satisfying life, knowing that I am a good person who does not need the constant approval of the outside world.
I am thankful today that I have finally figured out how to start on a path to recovery, in spite of the pain of being away from family for awhile.