Today I am grateful for options and alternatives. For the gift of choice. For knowing the importance of not settling for anything less for myself -- not I or anyone who knows this will see myself as a victim, or subject myself to self-pity or shame, because I choose my reality and I have no one else to blame for it. I am responsible for my own misery and happiness, I hold no one else accountable but myself. This, to me, is true freedom.