With the American Thanksgiving holiday tomorrow, it is only right that we turn our minds to what we are thankful for this year. But, shouldn’t we be thankful all the time? Yes. We should. In any case, the holiday gives us pause and reminds us that we all have things, tangible or not, to be thankful for.
What am I thankful for? Here is a partial list
- Health – I am in relatively good health, working towards better health, including more exercise and eating in a healthier way. It thrilled me to know I had lost 2 pounds since last week. However, it was most likely due to the stress incurred during my recent trip to visit my parents.
- Love – Luckily, I know I am loved and I hope those I love know how I feel about them, too. I try to be “looser” with the word love, often telling my friends that I am glad they are in my life or just that I love them. Loving and feeling loved is a basic and essential human need. I make sure I tell my husband and children I love them often. We all need to hear it. We do.
- Music – I grew up in a house filled with music, and at one time considered myself a young musician. My oldest son is home for the holiday and currently filling our house with piano music! It is not only music to my ears but more importantly, music to my heart. Music remains important to him in his daily life and I take pride in having supported that interest and talent.
- Friends – Throughout my life I’ve been fortunate to have great friends. While I cannot claim a lot of friends, the ones I do have are true. I’d rather have a small group of great true friends than a large group of acquaintances who claim to be friends.
- Family – Like my friends, I do not have a large family, but the family I do have is important in my life. I am thankful for my parents, sister, sister in law, husband, and three wonderful, intelligent, creative boys that are rapidly becoming outstanding young men. Really, I am so grateful for each of them.
- Resiliency, Creativity, Flexibility, Passion, and Intelligence – all things I am grateful to possess.
As we sit down for our Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow, each of us will recount what we are most thankful for this year. Two years ago, I had a health scare and it was easy to be thankful then because I was found to still be healthy following a surgery. But, it is just as important to be thankful now – for all the above and more – when everything seems calm & everyone is doing well. Being grateful does not occur once a year but every day, all year long.
What are you thankful for? Feel free to share in the comments below.