Even on a bad day, I try to remain grateful. And the thing that I am most grateful for is opportunity. It is opportunity that’s given me the education to get the job that puts me in the traffic that frustrates me. It is opportunity that led to success that bought the house where things break down. It is opportunity that widens my experience so that I go to the concert that disappoints me. So I accept the bad with the good, just grateful that I have choices.
Acknowledging all the good that I have immediately puts life in a different, more favorable perspective. Maybe that’s why having a day devoted to giving thanks is so appealing to everyone. For one day, we put aside our worries, and sometimes our differences, to come together in appreciation, and see things in a positive light.
Here are a few of the other things I give thanks for this year:
Gardens; the gift of friendship; goodness; grace; room to grow.
Insight; ideas; my ipad; my in-laws; interesting conversations.
Visitors; vacations; Vinyasa yoga; the view from my window.
Eating with friends; the feeling of empathy; my eighty-something mother; having enough.
Time for the things that bring me joy; traditions, old and new; the taste of good food; the touch of a loved one.
Happiness; good health; a helping hand; my husband.
Acceptance of differences; fresh fall apples; ancestors; the aroma of pie.
Nature; new friends; naps; physical and spiritual nourishment; my neighbors.
Kindness; kisses; my wonderful kids; knowledge; holding a koala.
Stories; my sisters; the sight of a sunrise; solitude when I need it; stars in the night sky; songs, especially when my daughter sings them.
Tecumseh said, “When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself.”
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