It has been a very tough year this past year so my personal list of things to be thankful for feels quite small as compared with years past. But even though the list has been reduced and I'm not feeling particularly thankful toward the universe, I know that I have a lot to be thankful for.
Choosing to strive for minimal is something to be very thankful for. There are so many people across the globe that are just hoping for a full belly, a roof over their heads, a safe night's sleep. Striving for minimal means that I have too much, that I can acquire more than I need, that I have the luxury of keeping things I don't need. And as much of a burden as it seems to have all this extra stuff, I am so grateful that I have this burden versus the opposite.
I am thankful for the fact that some of my loved ones are still in my life and that I have the chance to tell them I love them, spend time with them, embrace them. While it has been a year of loss, there are still those whom I very much love that I am endlessly thankful for and thankful to have even just another day with.
And I am thankful for the fact that this year I have finally "woken up" and taken a look at my life and looked around and am beginning to realize what is truly important to me. So that I can live a life with fewer regrets, with less time wasted on things that don't matter and with more time spent pursuing those things that do.