Dear Life

by FieryTree on September 29, 2013 · 8 comments

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Bangkok, Thailand
September 29th, 2013
6:31 p.m.

Dear Life,

Thank you for this opportunity to be sick in Bangkok, because it means I am in Bangkok. I am grateful for this boon of time, to be sick, and the remind of my general good health that I can further appreciate.

Thank you for the wonderful opportunity to meet new people from around the world and get to hear their experiences. Thank you for the sweet movie we joined together to watch and talk about afterwards.

Thank you for the fantastic neighborhood that I live in, with so many windows into Thai life. Thank you for the dear woman who cooks fried chicken and asks us when we pass where we are going, even if that is all we can translate with her.

Thank you for the friend who immediately adopted us when we got here and has taken us on so many adventures. Thank you for the friends we’ve made while traveling and all of the pending adventures that we will go on!

Thank you for my partner so I have someone to share these adventures and that bit of security in not having to go it alone.

Thank you for the other bloggers out there who have inspired and encouraged me. Thank you for the sparks and dreams they’ve created in me (Camino de Santiago!).

Thank you for all of my loved ones back home and the comfort they provide, even with these thousands of miles between us.

Thank you for all of the many other joys and people not listed here who have helped to shape this amazing experience of life.

Love,
Maria

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This post was inspired by the fantastic blog, So Many Places, and her effort to express more gratitude. I’ve been sick and getting mopey so it seemed a great time to refocus my thoughts on gratitude and this amazing time on earth. Thank you Kim! Check out her incredible adventure on the Camino de Santiago! I hear it calling me now too!

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1 Tina September 29, 2013 at 7:20 pm

Loved it! One can never be too grateful, Stopping and realizing all we have to be grateful for is a wonderful way to keep,life in focus. When I stop and realize just all the “little things” I have to be grateful for, it makes me so appreciative of my life. It makes me think I am the luckiest person on earth. When I was keeping a gratitude journal, I was amazed at all the “little things” I mentioned. Maybe that’s where the quote”it’s the little things that make life big ” comes from. When you add in all the “big things,” one should be overwhelmed with gratitude. Thanks for directing me to the So Many Places blog.

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2 FieryTree September 29, 2013 at 10:06 pm

Agreed! I had started to write down the little things I was grateful for, definitely will get back to that.
And definitely check out her posts on the Camino de Santiago. Think of it as “3 Day” that goes on for a month, but without gatorade and lots more bread, cheese and wine. I’m thinking I’ll do it, grab Elizabeth and come join me?

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3 Pam Mirabal September 30, 2013 at 12:43 am

Ana I am gratful for you! Letting me travel and learn through your eyes and adventures!
Love You, Pam

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4 FieryTree October 15, 2013 at 1:24 am

So wonderful to hear from you, thank you Pam! I’m so grateful for your friendship and you journeying with me!

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5 Karen October 1, 2013 at 7:30 am

Maria,
I pray that your illness is just a little bump in the road of life, and by the time you read this message you are feeling so much better. God makes little miracles every day. We must always be grateful for every one of them…..

I keep being amazed at all your many experiences!
Karen

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6 FieryTree October 15, 2013 at 1:25 am

Thank you Karen! Didn’t quite happen that way but I am on the mend!
So great to hear from you!

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7 Renee October 22, 2013 at 9:09 am

Love the Dear Life post! Always a great idea to remain in gratitude. Looking forward to your next post!

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8 FieryTree October 24, 2013 at 3:53 pm

Thank you Renee! I definitely have a lot to be grateful for!

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