This is ritual -
It's not just "today" but every day.
Every day, I am thankful for my mum and dad, for giving me life. They made tough and difficult decisions then for me so that I could be where I am now and as a parent myself, I am able to see the strength they needed and the faith they had to do what they did.
I am thankful for my sisters who love me even in my ugly moments. I wasn't there with them for most parts of their growing years but that didn't mean we weren't close. On the contrary, we are as tight as tight can be. :) Sure, we have our moments of squabbles and fights and there were even times where we rather not speak to each other but deep down inside, we stand by each other and know that should anything happen to any one of us now, we can always count on the other to pick up and go on from where we left.
I am thankful for my husband and daughter. I think of them more often than I think of myself and I put myself out there for them more than I do myself too. At times, the husband has to put up with my idiosyncrasies and the daughter has to put up with my occasional outbursts but for most times, it is because of them that I have learned control and patience.
I am thankful for friends; I didn't want to use the word "colleagues" because they are so much more than that. They are people who have my back and help me out when things at work get a little too mad. They are that voice of calmness, rationality and compassion.
I am thankful for friends, friends who regarded us as theirs. These are the people who truly feel for us, are happy when we are and never once doubted that we are deserving. Their faces lit up when we do good and when good things happen to us and for us. For you, my friends, I thank you for that comforting hand of love and friendship.
I am thankful for the ungracious people in our lives too because we know that they are there for a reason.
Lastly, I thank The Lord. I thank Him for the gift of grace and gratitude, for humility and for the resilience. I thank Him for living a life that was perfect so that we could emulate. I thank Him for teaching me that in the end, it's between me and God.