Dear life 5

by Kim on July 8, 2013 · 21 comments

Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
July 8, 2013
1:12 p.m.

Dear Life,

Thank you for my dogs who I just saw for the first time in over a year but who greeted me like no time had passed at all. Thank you for everything those old dogs have taught me: The value of play, the giving of oneself over to each moment, the joy of receiving attention, the utter contentment of naps.

Bear naps

Thank you for this office that I have set up in my in-laws basement. Thank you for teaching me the value of making space for myself. Thank you for allowing me to discover that I do not need an artists studio or a desk with pull-knob drawers or whatever else I used to think I needed in order to sit down and write. Thank you for teaching me to be adaptable and unshakable.

My office

Thank you for my in-laws who have taken such good care of my husband and I and our dogs. Thank you for the rallying of family.

Thank you for the comfort I have felt back here in Ohio, for the sureness inside of me that I am doing what I should be doing. Thank you for strength in all of its hidden forms.

Thank you for right now. And now. And now.




Athens, Greece
June 17, 2013
Blog: Leaving Cairo and Overland Hong Kong 

Dear Life,

Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to create a life for myself in the beautiful country of Greece, despite her troubles.

Thank you for the teaching experiences you’ve passed my way.  Each child I’ve taught has given me something in return; an insight into myself and a humbleness that knows no bounds.

Thank you for the beauty of this country: from her island sunsets to the inland monoliths of the Meteora monasteries.

Sunset - Naxos harbour

Thank you for the Greek people who are incredibly kind and hospitable…who have opened their homes and hearts to me.

And most of all, thank you for teaching me to take life one day at a time, to learn the Greek phrase “Den Pirazi” (“Never mind”) and adopt this life strategy…to have faith & knowledge that between us, our kindness will help us thrive successfully.


Tracey T.
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
June 23, 2013
10:00 p.m.
Blog: The Expat Experiment

Dear Life,

Thank you for…

Thank you for the lessons you have taught me, for patience, for the beckoning to change.

Thank you for the perspective you have given me, and the confidence, courage and peace of mind that came from it.

Thank you for making me question and for giving me the will to question when my view was not the popular one.

Thank you for timing the birth of my Son, your greatest gift to me.  His arrival into this life of mine has been my biggest reward and beckoned the best changes in me.

Family Photo 1

Thank you for bringing my soul mate to me, so early, when I needed him so much. Having him has changed your course and all I thank you for stems from that first chance meeting.

Thank you for all of the opportunities you try to present to me every day and how you continue to teach me to recognize them.

Thank you for growing and helping me to trust my never ending optimism.

Thank you for the adventure you hold for me.

Thank you for being so good to me.




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

Jade from Liphook, England

Thank you for the little things, like a cup of good tea. And thank you for the big things, like sharing that tea over conversations with old friends that have been a long time coming, but are no less easy and comfortable than the last… read more here.


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