Week Fifteen Tuesday’s Grateful List 

Today I am grateful that we are having conversations. 

There seems to be so much more discussion about domestic violence. I do not know what the solution to the tragic number of women who are killed by men or why there is so much domestic violence in our communities. We are however starting to talk about it and the expectation is growing  that our community wants zero tolerance to domestic violence. I am grateful we are talking about how to reduce domestic violence. 

  

There seems to be so much more discussion about equality for women. Again  I do not know which is the best way to address this issue. I want equal pay for equal work. I want women to be educated as highly as men. I want women and men to have exactly the same access to food, health care, housing, legal representation and wealth. I am grateful that we are having conversations about this and that organizations such as  Lean In and The Destroy The Joint have been set up. I am grateful that there seems to be much debate about how to improve equality for women.

   

 There seems to be much more discussion about healthy eating. People can choose to be Paleo, Sugar Free, Gluten free or just follow a well balanced diet. I do not know what is responsible for the growing obesity in our communities. I am however grateful that there are so many groups challenging the way we eat and hopefully if the conversation continues more research will be done and we will be able to make informed choices about the healthiest way to eat. 

  

There seems to be greater debate about the environment. I have heard arguments for and against global warming. Irrespective of the impact the human race has on the planet there does seem to be a desire to find cleaner energy, use energy that is renewable and work towards ways that reduce our impact on the planet. I am grateful that there is debate about how we can care for our planet in a better way. 

  

There seems to be more conversations about health and illness. Treatment for illness and management of health seems to include many more facets now. Medical treatment is important. Diet and exercise are important. Mental health is important. There is much discussion about mind, body and spirit. Modalities such as acupuncture, energy medicine, hypnosis, and all sorts of other forms of treatment are being used and discussed. I am grateful that there is so much choice and I hope that eventually the mind, body and spirit will all be addressed equally. 

  

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