Dear life 3

by Kim on June 24, 2013 · 16 comments

Portland, Oregon, U.S.A.
June 21, 2013
6:42 a.m.

Dear Life,

Thank you for these moments when I feel I will burst at the seams with love and that I only need to sit down in silence to find them.

Thank you for my tears of happiness and sadness. That my heart beats for all of it wildly, like I’m breathlessly dancing. Thank you for a life filled with movement and color.

Thank you for friends that say “mi casa es su casa” and mean it. Thank you for the amazing people that you continually send my way. I hear your message loud and clear, Life: My blessing is the people I know.

Thank you for giving me three homes — the home I was born to in Ohio, the home I was pulled to in Oregon, and my larger home in the world. Thank you for folding me into your arms wherever I roam.

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Life, thank you for helping me realize– just now, I realized it –that I carry all of this inside of me. That I am inside of the world but the world is also inside of me. That kind of changes everything.




Sarah S.
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
June 10, 2013
10:50 p.m.

Dear Life,

Thank you for giving me the strength to see that I was unhappy and the guts to change my path.

Thank you for giving my hands calluses so I can lift heavy objects above my head with ease.

Thank you for chocolate, coconut milk, almond butter and coffee.

Thank you for head massages and haircuts. Thank you for the smell of dryer sheets.                        

Thank you for the love of reading and the desire to learn so I can lose myself in adventures while listening to the gentle patter of rain on the window. Thank you for the rain that grows the gorgeous Magnolia Tree with its little homes.


Thank you for allowing me to lose my need of THINGS and tossing out my TV.

Thank you for letting me feel complete joy in life’s little successes and to stop worrying about what I have not yet done.

Thank you for letting me dream.



Candace R.
Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, NYC, U.S.A.
June 11, 2013
10:00 a.m.
Blog: The Great Affair

Dear Life,

Thank you for this Tuesday morning in a Brooklyn restaurant. Thank you for cheese omelets and café con leche and the waitresses speaking Spanish with the workmen who come in, enormous sets of keys jingling against their legs as they walk. Buenas dias, the women call out. Buenos dias, I whisper, answering them in my head.

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Thank you for the Chinatown bus that brought me here yesterday from my home in Virginia. Thank you that such different worlds are just a $35 ticket and an eight-hour bus journey away. That these worlds exist without us ever knowing it or being there will never cease to amaze me, as does the chance to be a part of them, even for just a day.

Thank you for the gift of travel, of movement, for the way it opens our eyes and makes the world new again; the way nothing goes unnoticed. Thank you for the boy in Batman rainboots who stomped his feet next to me on the East Broadway subway platform last night. Thank you for eyes to see, ears to hear, and a heart to feel.

Thank you for this heart full of gratitude on a Tuesday morning in Brooklyn.




Colleen K.
Melbourne, Australia
June 12, 2013
11:50 p.m.
Blog: Colleen Gets Lost

Dear Life,

Thank you for the challenges.

Thank you for compassion, kindness, imperfection and forgiveness.

Thank you for this solitary time in my life.


Thank you for reminding me, again and again, that you hold me.

Thank you for fear, because it keeps me humble.

Thank you for anger, because every little blaze holds its secret lesson.

Thank you for sending people to remind me how much I loved you when I forgot. I’m so glad I stuck around.

Thank you for the thrill and allure of you, your soft wisdom and boundless mystery.

Thank you for birdsong, seedlings, and the blanket of your stars.

Thank you for magic.

Thank you for all the little moments that make our hearts sing.

Thank you for the hope that, no matter how small and temporary, we all have the chance to make some good in this world.




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

Casey S. from Sun Moon Lake, Taiwan

Dear Life, thank you for mugs of hot tea on rainy, summer days. Thank you for the rain as it patters on this roof, as it fills and replenishes the stores of this lake… read more here.


Share your own thank you note to life.

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.



{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Carmel June 24, 2013 at 10:03 am

I love this whole series!

Kim, your mention of the whole world being inside reminded me of a Rumi (I know, always with the Rumi) quote I just saw: “You are not a drop in the ocean, you are the entire ocean in a drop.”


Kim June 24, 2013 at 11:18 am

After I wrote that I realized it is also a Buddhist sentiment as well… and then I started thinking about how much being in a Buddhist culture has impacted me…


Gillian @GlobalBookshelf June 24, 2013 at 10:09 am

Sarah S –> are you still in Kitchener? My partner Jason and I are in Woodstock for the summer…just up the road! Would love to get together for a beer if you’re around. Drop me a line at

Sorry Kim…but wouldn’t it be cool if we could meet up? Loving this series by the way!
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Kim June 24, 2013 at 11:19 am

Yay, I hope you guys meet up.


Justin June 24, 2013 at 11:00 am

Another great bunch of posts Kim!

I have set a goal to write one of these. Vow I’ve told people about it, so maybe I’ll do it 🙂


Kim June 24, 2013 at 11:18 am

YES! I would love to read your submission, Justin. You have so much to be thankful for 🙂


Wade June 24, 2013 at 11:54 am

These are so awesome! Very inspirational to hear how people appreciate all that they have and all that they have been given!
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Kim June 24, 2013 at 2:28 pm

I LOVE reading them. It’s such a rush every time I get a new one. Hopefully you’ll submit one, Wade. 🙂


Tracey June 25, 2013 at 9:43 am

What a great way to start the day! Thank you for sharing all these beautiful notes of thanks. People are amazing and there is so much good in all of us, some of us need to take 5 minutes to think about that:)
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Kim June 25, 2013 at 5:21 pm

It’s amazing what five focused minutes can do, you know?


Brendon of Nerd Travels June 25, 2013 at 4:31 pm

Very inspirational series, and Thank you for this post and brightening my day 🙂
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Kim June 25, 2013 at 5:21 pm

Thanks Brendon, so glad you enjoyed it.


Mariah Friend June 26, 2013 at 3:20 pm

I am so thankful for these “Dear Life” moments and for the women who wrote them! Though I don’t know you personally, I know that the world is a better place because of you and your open hearts and ability to express gratitude for a life that can be so rough around the edges at times.
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Kim June 27, 2013 at 8:26 am

Thank you Mariah. The Dear Life series has been so wonderful for me to read. It’s amazing how grateful I feel after reading them.


Veera Bianca November 29, 2013 at 11:54 am

I just absolutely fell in love with your blog here!
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Kim November 30, 2013 at 12:39 am

Thanks Veera!


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