Today’s guest blog post is written by my lifelong friend, Tori Walker Kirk. Watching her journey has been inspiring and filled me with gratitude.
Tori, Rockie, and Edward atop Pinnacle Mountain
When I read that Bethany needed people to write gratitude posts for her blog, something inside me screamed, “Do it”! I’m not a writer, but I do have my fair share of things to be grateful for, so I told her I would write one.
Since telling her this, I’ve written several drafts about what I’m grateful for, each sounding amazing in my head and so uninspiring on paper. To the trash each and every one went. I started second guessing myself. Why did I volunteer to do this?! That voice inside me kept saying, Do It!
There are so many things I’m grateful for and for many years was blind to. Finding gratitude wasn’t an issue, but narrowing it down was, so I decided on a list. Some are understandable, some thought-provoking, but all me. So here is my diverse gratitude list in no particular order.
1. My husband. I was alone for 7 years after my divorce. I chose that path. My theory was you can’t get hurt if you’re alone, when in reality I was miserable. God saw this, and He saw fit to put this man in my path, and not let me walk alone. He has helped redirect my journey to a better one, and I can never thank Him enough.
2. My kids. The relationship with my kids has not been an easy journey over the past few years. Those who know the story understand. My love for them has never changed. They are and always will be mine.
3. My friends. From that crazy group of church/school friends to the friendships I’ve made over the years, they always appear right when I need them.
4. My brief pregnancy this year. Sadly, it ended in miscarriage, but it showed me my body is still capable of creating life.
5. Rockie. She came as a package deal with my husband, and I can’t imagine life without her. She’s funny, smart, and full of love.
6. Yoga. It centers me, balances me, grounds me, makes my mornings smoother, and my nights restful.
7. My job. I’ve been a pharmacy tech for almost 14 years, but I now work in an environment which challenges me daily and allows me to grow in my profession.
8. Mornings. They often start with a walk with my husband and dog. Yoga comes next, then coffee and Jesus time to help prepare me for the day ahead.
9. My baking skills. I’m a fairly decent baker. That gene is inherited from my grandmother and great aunts, and I’m proud to carry on their traditions.
10. My renewed sense of self. I know where I belong. I know I am loved. I know I will persevere in all things.
My list could go on, and most days it does. Thank you Bethany, for allowing me the chance to post the good in my life and for giving me the opportunity right when I needed it.