I opened up my gratitude journal today and sighed when I thought, “I have nothing to be thankful for.” Of course I do have a million things to be thankful for, but when you’re in a bad mood for some reason nothing seems to come to mind. I slid my pen across the pages of my journal and just wrote a few words that came to mind. Release, Let Go, Forgive, Find Beauty, and Unbroken were a few words that I wrote down. Right after that, a thought came to mind. A gentle voice said to me, “Try writing with your left hand.” Now of course, I am right handed so I knew that trying to write with my left hand would be difficult.
I prepared myself and did it anyway. Just as expected, I found myself getting frustrated when I couldn’t even write the word love without it looking like a 2 year old scribbling on the paper. I thought about my mother who cannot read and who cannot write. I then thought about how frustrating it must be for someone to be able to think thoughts and not be able to get them down on paper, or create stories, or even write something as simple as I love you to the people that she most means to express that to.
Right then and there, I found my THANK YOU. I am thankful that I can read and write. I am thankful that I can form ideas and bring them to life through my books. I realize that through my writing I am giving a voice to her and I’m sure many other people who do not have a way to express themselves through writing. So I just wanted to say thank you because I can read and I can write and I will continue to do so, all the days of my life.
From my heart to yours,