my second to last affirmation is a response to my second great fear: the fear that my needs are a burden to my loved ones. Tonight I affirm the validity of my needs. I am not a burden to those that truly love me and even when i am, I am a burden worth bearing. I have the right to make my needs and desires known and respected. Voicing my needs is not merely whining. I am not dead weight.
I’m thankful for safe travel and kids who are worth every mile of the drive. I’m thankful for a productive week. I’m thankful for this day that mocks the power of empires. I’m thankful for friends who allow me to be a little irreverent on holy days. I’m thankful that I am cared for. I’m thankful for gray days that help me to appreciate the sun.