Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian readers!
I have to admit that Thanksgiving is not one of my favorite holidays. It’s one of those days that makes me feel like an orphan. I always end up spending it with someone’s family–usually my significant other’s–and that’s very generous and appreciated. But, as those of you who are far from your own families can understand, it’s not the same. As close as you can get to another family, they’re still not your family. So you always feel like a bit of an outsider.
Still, on a day like Thanksgiving, it’s beneficial to remember all the things we have to be thankful for. I’ve been down in the dumps since the retreat, so it’s even more important for me to count my blessings.
This Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for:
- My loving relationship with a man who is supportive, loyal, and dependable. I can’t take that for granted.
- My two cats–an unending supply of unconditional love.
- The fact that I was finally able to finish a new novel after five years of rewriting and inertia.
- My friends, who are always there for me.
- My health. Can’t ever take that for granted, either.
- I have a roof over my head and my debt will be gone by the end of next year…light at the end of the tunnel.
- The success of this blog and the new friends I have made.
- I was finally able to travel again this year–to Mexico and the Catskills.
- That my relationship with my family has healed to the point where I can spend time with them without nastiness. It still isn’t perfect, but it’s a lot better than I ever thought it would be.
- Good food shared with good company, and lots of great books to read.
What are you most grateful for this Thanksgiving? (And if it’s not Thanksgiving where you are, feel free to add your gratitude list, too. Being thankful doesn’t have to be reserved for a specific day.)