Dear life 2

by Kim on June 17, 2013 · 10 comments

Do you want to know a fool-proof way to stay in a good mood all day long? Ask people to send you emails about what they’re grateful for. OMG, instant happiness! Below are a few of the Dear Life submissions I received this week. Read and enjoy.

I’d love for you to get involved. Click here for details on how you can publish your Dear Life homage here on So Many Places. I’ll be publishing our worldwide declarations of gratitude on the blog every Monday all summer long.


Lisa T.
Boyle Heights (Los Angeles), CA, USA
June 10, 2013
7:58 a.m.

Dear Life,

Thank you for a new day, a new week to create newly.

Thank you for life and breath and aliveness.

Thank you for the sound of my Mom (Alice) sleeping peacefully in the next room. Thank you for whatever wonderful adventure we will create together today.

mom and me

Thank you for the sunlight coming through the window, the birds greeting the day, for blackberries to pick in the yard.

Thank you for this awareness, for the experience of gratitude. Thank you for freedom to choose.

Thank you for life teeming in my Mom’s garden– ladybugs, butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, birds, the neighborhood black and white cat.

Thank you for the healthy food we have to eat today. Thank you for television. Thank you for computers.

Thank you for the access to wisdom.

Thank you for my family, my friends, for people I meet each day, for people I have yet to meet.

Thank you for my life. Thank you for wonder and magic. Thank you for love in the briefest moment, in the smallest action. Thank you for this miracle.

Thank you for all of it.




Katie T.
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada- In my office
June 10, 2013
10:11 a.m.

Dear Life,

Thank you for my beautiful family. Thank you for snuggling and purring and bad dog breath. Thank you for the peaceful oasis that is my home. Thank you for safety, which I never take for granted.

Alma Katie

Thank you for challenges and growth and learning a little more about who I am every day. Thank you for my rewarding work, but also the breaks from it. Thank you for my wild imagination and big dreams. Thank you for heartbreak and for pure joy.

Thank you for my body, even when I complain about it. Thank you for the presence of yoga in my life.

Thank you for the ability to become completely engrossed in an amazing book.

Thank you for exhaustion, if only so I can truly appreciate the bliss of a deep sleep.

Thank you for kale and avocado and sweet potato and cold, clean water.

Thank you for love of every kind. Thank you for giving me such a beautiful life, even when I am dissatisfied with it, I know I’ve got it pretty damn good. I’m so looking forward to all the adventure I know you have in store for me!

wedding Katie



Ashland, Oregon, USA
June 10, 2013
2:24 p.m.
Blog: One Road at a Time

Dear Life,

Thank you for allowing me to wake up each morning.

Thank you for giving Abi and I the courage to completely change our lives 2 1/2 years ago, it’s been an amazing journey and we’ve never once looked back.  With that being said, thank you in advance for helping me to live in the moment instead of always thinking 3 steps ahead of today.

Patti and hubby

Thank you for Kim – who’s been an endless source of support and friendship as I slogged my way through the world of blogging.  I don’t think she really understands how much she has given me.  And thank you for introducing me to Talon and the blogging community which I have grown very fond of – what a small world it really is.

Thank you for Good Earth decaf tea and the sun under which I brew the tea; the tea that gets me through the hot summer months.  And thank you for soy iced sweet chai lattes, of which I should not drink quite so many.

Thank you for bringing the love of his life to my son, thank you for their upcoming wedding nuptials and thank you for letting me know that his heart will be full and he will be loved.

Thank you for this amazing man I have shared the past 34 years with and with whom I eagerly look forward to the next chapter.

Oh… and thank you for beaches, mountain lakes and for chocolate… and, margaritas (and Sangria).



Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, USA
June 10, 2013,
4:58 p.m.
Blog: Home By Dawn

Dear Life,

Thank you for the laurels in bloom on my trail run yesterday.


Thank you for the thunderstorm, the thunder and wind and rain, and that I have shelter and can watch it out my window.

Thank you for running and all of the places it has taken me.

Thank you that we live on a planet so big and full of wonders that no matter how much or far I travel, I’ll only ever see a little bit of it.

Thank you for good beer, and good friends to drink it with.

Thank you for my children, now grown into adults I adore and admire.

Thank you for love in all the many and mysterious ways it shows itself.

Thank you for sunrise, and coffee, and beaches.



Read more Dear Life submissions from So Many Places readers around the web:

Katie L. from Annapolis, Maryland, USA.

Dear Life, thank you for letting me have the time–and take the time–to play with my 5-year-old daughter this morning… read more

Michelle D. from Dallas, Texas, USA.

Dear Life, thank you for being unexpected and wild; exhausting and exhilarating… read more

Share your own thank you note to life. Learn more here.