“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
Today I am grateful for the ability to be grateful
My love taught me many things
to live in the moment
he brought me out from my introversion
into a world of color and light.
He brought out my best self
and I like to think that I brought out his best self as well.
I miss the feeling of being so in tune that we would say the same thing at the same time, or one of us said what the other was thinking. It happened all the time. Almost daily.
There was never a lack of interesting conversation. Philosophical discussions that could get rather heated – but never angry or demeaning. We exchanged ideas, played devils-advocate, stretched imaginary boundaries, listened, and talked a lot.
I changed his mind. He changed mine. (Yes, it is possible).
We explored each other’s weirdness, were able to be ourselves. Our true selves. With each other.
Before I met my love, I had a difficult time trusting people.
I was cynical, so cynical.
I had a keen sense of self, but self-esteem was not part of the equation.
He built me up, supported me, taught me to see myself through his eyes.
He nourished my soul,
supported and motivated.
Through his love, care, and support this cynical caterpillar turned into a shining butterfly.
He saw the hidden beauty in my formerly rock hard heart.
For that, I am grateful.
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