10 Things I’m Grateful For

Posted on: September 11th, 2015 by

It feels like it happened yesterday, but today is the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on American soil. That day, people went to work and got on planes, unaware this day would be their last one.

Like many, I use this day to reflect about the event — and this gives me pause to think about what I’m grateful for. So without further ado, here are the 10 things I’m thankful for, not in any particular order of importance. I’m grateful for an infinite number of things, but these are the ones that come to my mind today, September 11.

1. I’m grateful for the privilege of raising my daughter. Although we were randomly paired by the Chinese government, we have made a wonderful family who are perfect for each other. Rather than take motherhood for granted, I relish it. The universe had decided that two people from opposite ends of the world belonged together.
2. I’m so thankful I’ve surrounded myself with kind, generous-spirited people. I have wonderful friends and acquaintances who give me great joy. Last night I was lucky enough to socialize with people of various backgrounds, and I reflected how blessed I was to be in such great company.
3. My family is my anchor, and I remain close to them, though distance keeps us apart for much of the year. Part of my family live in my household — they are my two cats and a rather large goldfish.
4. I’m alive.
5. I have wonderful physicians and nurses who treat me with kindness and respect and have done their best to save my life and keep me healthy.
6. I’ve rediscovered art. After a long hiatus, I started painting and sketching again, resulting in optimal meditative relaxation. More on this in a future post.
7. I’ve rediscovered reading. Though chemobrain has affected my attention span and concentration, I have made reading a priority and have regained my love of reading. I’m almost 60 percent done with War and Peace. It’s taking me a long time to get through this book (doesn’t it for everyone?) but I am enjoying this piece of literature.
8. I’m grateful to have a roof over my head and enough to eat. This sounds basic, but so many people have nothing; I realize my good fortune.
9. I write regularly and love it. Putting words down on the screen and on paper is cathartic and fun.
10. I’m grateful to my readers and the online community I belong to. In many respects, this community has been my salvation, validating my concerns and feelings. And I hope that I have helped validate and support those who read my blog. I’m happy to have wonderful people like you reading my blog.

What thing(s) are you grateful for? I would love to hear about it.

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My daughter, whom I'm most grateful for

My daughter, whom I’m most grateful for

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Ari enjoying summer fun

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One of my paintings

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8 Responses to 10 Things I’m Grateful For

  1. Kathi had this to say about that:

    So with you on this. I’m thankful for what I have and who is in my life. I’ll never forget that shattering, awful day. <3

    • Beth L. Gainer had this to say about that:


      It was an awful day, indeed. A nightmare that didn’t seem that it was really happening.

      We will never forget.

  2. Nancy's Point had this to say about that:

    Hi Beth,
    What a lovely idea to take this day to reflect upon things we’re grateful for. September 11, 2001, seems so long ago and yet at the same time, still feels so very recent. So much loss that day. So much heartache for the whole nation, but especially for those families directly impacted. Thank you for reminding us to stop and think about people and things we have right now and to be grateful for them. I’m grateful for many things and many people. One thing I’m grateful for, Beth, is that I found your blog and that we are friends now. And btw, I didn’t know you had a large goldfish. Thanks for the post. We must not forget.

    • Beth L. Gainer had this to say about that:

      Hi Nancy,

      It was such a searing heartache, a time of deep grief and mourning. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing and how things unfolded.

      Thank you for such sweet words about being glad we are friends and that you found my blog. I am so thankful for our friendship and that I found your blog as well.

      Regarding the goldfish, Ari’s daycare gave it to us about three years ago. While it was really tiny at first, it’s now morphed into a rather large fish. Luckily, our pet sitter has a pond that’s heated in winter and has offered to take the fish when it’s outgrown its 40-gallon tank.

  3. Rebecca had this to say about that:

    Beth, your post is so appropriate for this sad day. I actually work a few blocks away from the Memorial site and it was a quiet day today. Watching the TV at work when they were naming all the people who lost their lives on that day made me feel grateful for many things (and very sad too). I still cannot believe it happened. And I still can’t comprehend how some people can be so damn EVIL inside. UGH!! I remember that day so clearly — It was scary. I went to the site on Day 2 to help and I could not breathe with all the dust still in the air. So many people lost their love ones.

    I visited the Memorial recently and wasn’t able to finish viewing everything. It was beautifully done but the details are pretty intense (including recorded phone conversations from those who died). May they rest in peace.

    Things I am grateful for: I am grateful to have a place I can call “home” (complicated issue). I am grateful I have a partner who loves me and supports me all the time. I am grateful for you and all the other cancer patients who provide me with support. I am grateful I have a job with good insurance and to have a great medical team. I am grateful I have a list of things to be grateful for and…

    …I am glad you have your list as well.

    Your daughter is beautiful. xoxo

    • Beth L. Gainer had this to say about that:


      Yes, people can certainly be evil, and that day we saw evil unfolding. It was a nightmare to watch the terrorist acts and so scary.

      I didn’t know you work close to the Memorial site. I am originally from New York, and my brother works near Macy’s. My daughter and I recently visited family in New York city and the suburbs. I cannot bring myself to visit the Memorial site; I just can’t.

      Your list of what you are grateful for is a good one. Thank you for your kind words about my daughter!

  4. Eileen@womaninthehat had this to say about that:

    We’re grateful for you too. Beautiful painting!

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