I read a lovely post from Anna that included a thank you letter she wrote to herself.
I was inspired. During this month of gratitude, many recognize the blessings in their life. Other people, life circumstances, stuff.
But do we take time to acknowledge ourselves? Do we take time to acknowledge the struggles we’ve been through? Do we acknowledge that we are still here? Do we take time to acknowledge beauty in our imperfection? Do we acknowledge that we matter?
I took some time and thought about what I would say to myself. What words of appreciation would hold meaning to that person who saw hope blooming but was still living in the day to day?
Here are some of my thoughts:
This time last year, you were in the middle of a change. Trying to accept life. Trying to seek joy where you were.
It was hard. There were days that you wanted to give up. Days when hope was foggy.
Thank you for believing. You only knew that life would change for the better. You didn’t know when. Yet faith remained.
Thank you for seeing that life could be different. That life could hold more meaning.
Thank you for hanging on. Hanging on through working seven days a week. Hanging on with burning eyes from staying up all night. Hanging on with a body that would always feel cold from not getting enough sleep.
Thank you for keeping it together. You had to keep going. Your responsibilities at work and home were constant.
These recent days are so much sweeter for everything that you did. Everything that you were. You were enough.
I know your struggles. I know your heart.
And I thank you.