The Thankful Project: Day 16 – Something You Own

What is it that I own that I’m thankful for????…I just couldn’t decide.  To me, this thankful seemed so materialistic.  There are many things that I’m thankful I own.  I am thankful that we own our house.  We worked hard to get it.  It reminds me to continue to work hard.    I am thankful for my car.  It allows me to get to work safely each day, so I can continue to do the job that allows us to live in our house.   I am thankful for my wedding rings.  That when I look at my hand, I am reminded of our love and commitment

I’m thankful for all of these things, but the thing that I am ultimately most thankful for is this…

I am thankful that I own my actions.  That I own the right to decide what’s best for me.  That I am becoming stronger each day in standing up for myself and not allowing myself to be treated badly.  I continue to discover my voice and my strength each day and I’m really thankful for that.

What do I mean by this?  Prior to a few year ago, I let people walk all over me.  I was in horrible friendships that I was taken advantage of.  I was taken for granted.  I did things that made others happy, often forgetting about what made me happy.  I was a peacekeeper. Even if something bothered me, I internalized it and never spoke up.

Well, something has changed.  I have grown and developed a different kind of strength.  One that I’m sure I’ve always had, but never knew how to voice.

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Don’t’ get me wrong, I am still a peacekeeper more often than not.  I avoid drama at all cost and never look for a fight.  I am at a point in my life where I don’t need that.  There’s just so much more to life!  Yet recently, I’ve started standing up for myself.  When someone hurts me, treats me bad, or walks all over me, I tell them!  No longer am I silent.

I believe in forgiveness and second chances, but when someone hurts me repeatedly, I’ve learned to walk away.  That’s it’s okay to cut ties.  I’ve learned that you don’t need something so toxic in your life.

I’m thankful I own the right to decide what’s best for me.  I’m thankful that I’ve found my voice. I’m thankful that I’m making positive decisions for me.

What are you thankful for?

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I’m linking up with Kenzie over at Chasing Happy for the month of November.
Be sure to stop by and check it out!

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