I am grateful for this lovely home I have with all its amenities. It’s beautiful and convenient and huge. Have everything I need and I am quite spoiled; my income is extravagant for what I need to live on. I get a car service to and from work, I can eat out when I wish to and order in when I want. I have enough disposable income to take monthly vacations, buy “stuff”, all the while saving money. I have more than I need. I can get massages and pedicures and all the luxuries I could not afford in the USA. I have a cush teaching job that doesn’t work me to the bone. I have co-teachers I really like and and a great suppport staff at school, both among the local staff and overseas teachers. I have made friends and I work with some really good people. I have experienced so much help here in China; it has been a unique experience. I never felt this “helped” in other countries, let alone the USA.
I may have multiple struggles and frustrations that drag me down all at once. I may not becoming what I need to do to feel at my best, and I may get into funks now and again... but I am grateful for where I am, the job I have, my home, China, many people, and the fact that I have these small struggles here rather than in the USA. I hope I can remember all this, and that these struggles —while not easy—are easier here than the ones I dealt with in the USA. :-)
I am grateful!!!