I have learned to spend every day consciously aware of all the bounty in my life and to express gratitude for it in prayer, in journaling, and in words spoken to those who mean so much to me.
It has made me a happier person, and in some small degree I hope it has made the people I love a bit happier, as well, to know that I appreciate their presence in my life.
So on this Thanksgiving Eve, I want to put what would normally go into my journal, onto my blog. It is by no means a complete list, just the things that come to mind in this moment. There is oh so much more.
I am grateful:
- for having a family I love and who love me
- for a husband who has stuck with me for better or worse (and there has been some worse!) for 40years
- for kids who have forgiven me for my shortcomings as a parent and love me anyway
- for 3 of the most amazing grandchildren on the planet, and for the blessing of being able to be such a huge presence in their lives
- for having a home, not just a house
- for having Christ in my life
- for having more than enough of all the essentials of life, and most of the fun-to-haves that I want
- for living in a country that, although it is less than it can be, allows me the hope it will continue to get better
- for my health, and for that of my family
- that we have had so little of the sadness that others face on a daily basis in our lives
- for my “fly tribe” – my new art community that I have come to depend on so much, and the wonderful group of amazing women that it is comprised of. These are people I mostly know only through cyber space, but that I have come to love in such a short time.
- for old friends who, though they are far away, continue to live in my heart
- for living in a community that gives us the feeling of a small town, with the amenities of a big city. Not a day goes by that I don’t think of how much I love living here.
- for having an appreciation for how fortunate I am, and the ability to not take it for granted
I wish for you a wonderful day with your families and/or friends, and that you will have “enough” of everything you need to be able to share it with others.