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Gratitude - Music

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40 Days of Gratitude breaks into song for the answer to "What song are you most grateful for?" For me, it's THIS IS ME, from THE GREATEST SHOWMAN - this is a song MADE for those of us with invisible (or not invisible) illnesses.

What song are you most grateful for?

Music is a huge part of my life.

I use it to lift my mood when I'm in a depression cycle. I use it to motivate me to get moving or to slow down when I stretch. I belt out tunes with Daughter when we're in the car (and sometimes, just because we can in my office). I use it for energy healing and sleep.

So this particular question took some deep thinking, and only a couple songs made the final cut for this blog post.

After pondering this one (with music playing, of course), I settled on a single song that never fails to bring me to tears when I sing it. Keira Settles' This is Me from The Greatest Showman.


(all copyright credits go to Sony Music and Atlantic Records)

Yeah, it's a popular song, but for me, it resonates with deep meaning. Have you ever really, really listened to the lyrics? This one is for all of you out there feeling broken, damaged, and less-than because of your scars and differences.

I've sat in the dark, both physically and emotionally, hidden away by my own choice because I felt inferior and unaccepted. I've berated myself for being so broken, believing myself unlovable.

And every so often, I give myself a little push, to stand in my own light and truth, and refuse to hide away - whether quietly through this blog, or through massive networking efforts at a writer's conference. My purpose in life isn't empty accolades - I'm here, with all my bruises and scars, to help you tell your story and shine your own light. I'm here to give a voice and a face to all of you out there with "invisible illnesses".

40 Days of Gratitude breaks into song for the answer to "What song are you most grateful for?" For me, it's THIS IS ME, from THE GREATEST SHOWMAN - this is a song MADE for those of us with invisible (or not invisible) illnesses.

Just because the general public can't see your struggle doesn't make it any less real.

So go back and replay that video. I intentionally chose the official lyric version.

Drop into the comments below and share what lines hit you hardest in the feels, and, if you feel comfortable, share what your challenge is.

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