Dawn Peterson At the age of 43 I have discovered my gratitude for a life survived of many tragedies. Gratitude that I have learned that you are not the painful things others say or do to you but are the strength, wisdom, and joy you create for yourself despite those things. I am that I am because of where I have been and for that I am truely grateful. I am grateful that the creator was always there to guide and comfort me. I am grateful that there were gifts along the way that made me realize just how fortunate I was. I am grateful for the moments when I could see, despite my environment how abundant my life was. I am grateful for the times I could look in the mirror and see the creator's love looking back at me. I am also grateful for the times that I forgot the creator was with me, so that I might find my way back again, and enjoy the discovery all over again. I am grateful that despite all that I have seen I am able to still see more ahead of me. And, I am grateful that because of the abuse I grew through my children will never know such a world. I am because of who I am. What a blessing that is.