Thanksgiving 2019

On the fourth Thursday in November, we go around the Thanksgiving table and each of us shares something we’re grateful for: good health, friends and family, fur babies, family babies, and fellowship are some of the answers that are spoken. Do you do something similar every year too? Let’s imagine for a moment we’re at that table sharing our good fortune.

These are some of the things I’m thankful for this year:

~The company of others – I’m fortunate to have an compassionate circle of loving friends and family including my precious cat, Kali, and people from afar that I’ve met in online writing classes or on social media.

~A beautiful location – I live in one of the most beautiful places in the U.S. Although wildfires and other disasters are becoming more a routine part of all our lives, I won’t give up on the nature I surround myself with just because it succumbs to the ravages of climate change.

~A sense of wonder – My curiosity is rampant. I’ve learned more in the last five years than I learned in the 65+ years before that. Expanding my understanding of how things are in the world, and how I am in and around those things, feeds my soul, daily.

~A strong voice – Thank goodness for enough confidence to share my experience, flawed as it may be, and the ability to say what I need and go after it. You readers have been a witness to my three steps forward and two backwards.

~The ability to admit when I’m wrong – So many times I’m positive, absolutely sure that I know that thing or the right answer. I often bet my whatever on knowing that I’ve got the solution or that my answer is correct, and just as many times, I’m wrong. I don’t blame, I try to laugh, own up to it and move on.

~Groups that support my life – These groups include writers’ communities, spiritual homes, weight management groups, and groups centered around any activity like Mah Jong, social dinner clubs, and crafter events.

~Senior discounts – While discounts don’t make a huge difference in my life’s activities, I am on a fixed income, and it’s nice to get even a slight break on entertainment, clothes, gifts, and groceries.

What are you thankful for? Acknowledge whatever it is by saying it out loud and/or writing it down.