What I’m Thankful For…

Written by on November 22, 2012 in The Healing Journey with 0 Comments

Going through some writings, I found this. I had written it seven years ago, but I still feel it in my heart. I revised it a bit and would like to share it with you.

I’m thankful for the love I have inside of me that enabled me to survive an abusive childhood and make it through subsequent abusive relationships with my heart, however battered, intact, able to love, to care and to dream.

I’m thankful for the innocence within each and every person that can never be hurt or destroyed…hidden from view, tucked deep away inside, perhaps forgotten, but never defiled, never desecrated — no matter what was done. Thankful that this place of purity and innocence remains alive, an inexorable part of our being to rediscover and reconnect on our healing journey.

I’m thankful for the moments of peace and beauty I experienced as a kid when nobody was looking — that one very late sunny afternoon in the fall at the playground, when all the kids had gone home for dinner and I lingered to savor in the moment…how the golden light on the grass made the green more vibrant than anything I’d ever seen…and in that moment the essence of beauty came forth and claimed me for its own. I’m thankful for healing moments such as these.

I’m thankful for people who ask questions, who seek meaning and when they find none, create their own…so beautiful and empowering….flying even with broken wings, lifted up and sustained by the currents of love and spirit and conviction.

I’m thankful for friends who support…and thankful for insights and lessons learned from those those who feel compelled to tear down.

I’m thankful for forgiveness, not only for others when or if we are ready to give it, but for ourselves, choosing not to be weighted with the burden of our pain, guilt or anger forever.

I’m thankful for loving, vulnerable and brave hearts who share their stories and inspire me with their honesty, strength and compassion. And I’m thankful for those not yet ready to share but walking their own path, finding their own voice to use in a way that is right for them.

I’m thankful for family, for my sister who faced her challenge with cancer with dignity and grace, for each moment I got to be with her, for the touch of her soft hands and the healing love of her smile; for my children, my nephew and grandchildren, a reminder that life is always beginning anew.

And I’m thankful for you, whoever you may be, with your own beautiful dreams making this world a better place by being you own true self.

May you be rich in all the things you have to be thankful for.

keeping the dream,
Demian Yumei

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About the Author

About the Author: Demian Yumei, author, singer/songwriter and artist activist, uses spoken, written word and original songs in her human rights activism. "For the Sake of Love” is her collection of songs written on Demian's healing journey, and “Little Yellow Pear Tomatoes” is a children’s book she wrote for her daughter about the interconnectedness of life published by Illumination Arts and endorsed by Jane Goodall. Currently, Demian is working on recording episodes for her podcast and writing on the "Where There's Smoke Series on Covert Abuse". .

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