Thursday, November 26, 2009
Every Thanksgiving, like many other folk, my thoughts turn to what I am thankful for. But what I always end up realizing is that not only do I have a lot to be grateful for, I also do not give thanks often enough. Too many times during the year I whine and complain about what I want, what I need, what I don't have. One day of thanks is simply not enough. I need to remember what I do have, not take it for granted and be thankful for it every. single. day. With the craziness that is life, that can be hard to do on a daily basis. But I'm going to try. Because I think when you realize and appreciate all that you have, you find you are happier and more blessed than you thought.
This Thanksgiving, here are a few things I'm thankful for:
:: My family. As dysfunctional as we are, we truly love each other.
:: My boyfriend. We've been through our ups and downs but at the end of the day, we really do care about each other and want what's best for each other. After two and a half years-- much of it living together-- we are family.
:: Which brings me to Hazel. As crazy and obnoxious as she can be, she is my faithful (and adorable) companion and she brings me so much joy.
:: My job. I am so glad to have a job that I love (even if it stresses me out) and makes me feel like I am doing something worthwhile and meaningful. And I am so thankful to have a steady paycheck during a time when many people do not.
:: Having a roof over my head, clothes on my back, shoes on my feet and food on the table. And that's not an empty statement as perhaps it has been in year's past. Because after talking to so many homeless, jobless and otherwise financially struggling people this past year, I really am grateful to have life's basic necessities.
:: Old friends. Even if I don't see them as often as I'd like, I know I can always count on them, and they can count on me. Bonds like that just don't break.
:: New "bloggy" friends. You guys mean more to me than you may know. I have enjoyed getting to know you and I appreciate every comment you leave me, every kind and encouraging word, everything. A year ago, I never knew that such an amazing blog community existed but I am so very thankful that I am now a part of it.
What are you thankful for this year?
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