Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Gratitude


A friend told me a few days ago that my inability to see my own privilege infuriated her. I've been thinking about privilege for a long time, mine, and others', white privilege, male privilege, the privilege that comes along with living in the United States, with being in my income bracket, with being able to live with my parents right now. This certainly wasn't the first time I've been asked to look at the fortune I've been blessed with, and I know it won't be the last time I'm told I am infuriating. So, it didn't really get me thinking much on my own privilege. That's a long process that won't end any time soon. It did, however, get me thinking more on how I present my awareness of this privilege.

I'm afraid there's no way for me to talk about it without sounding prideful and uneducated, but I know there is a way, and I just need to find it. In the meantime, the least offensive way to address it, I think, is to focus on the things I'm grateful for, that I can single out as important and valuable to me. If we're friends on facebook, you may have seen me post about "What I'm Loving." I'm hoping this will be an extension of that. There are so many things I overlook, and I hope to give some attention to those things here.

Today, I am thankful for friends who bring out the better in me, upcoming holiday celebrations, poetry and the ability to take a class in it, gifted yarn, muffs.

1 comment:

  1. It is Thanksgiving time, after all. I am also good at not realizing things I have right away.....

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