As I pack and clean and get ready for our trips and visitors and overall exciting time for the holidays, I have been reflecting on this past year.
A lot has happened. My husband and I have learned some things about life in this move that we made: some good, some bad. We have learned some things about ourselves as a family unit: again, some good and some bad. We’ve learned what it is we want and what it is we don’t want. We aren’t there yet, but we are moving forward to that place.
Myself, I have learned many things about my career, my past career, and my future career. I have learned what it is I want to do and what it is I do not want to do. I have learned that I can be flexible when it is needed, and organized most of the time (these are big ones for me!)
For this, I am thankful.
So, in time for turkey day, I wanted to remind you to be thankful for what you have in life.
Sometimes we spend the minutes thinking of what we don’t have (the cars, the boat, the clothes, a great job we love, and so forth) and we should instead focus on what we do (a steady job, kids that are healthy, a spouse who cares for us).
We complain about running around all the time, wasting time in line, missed appointments and tardy slips, lower grades than we would like to see on our children’s report cards. We miss the days we are on time and the tests are children ace. We miss the fact that ‘wasting time’ is really ‘living life.’ If we look at it in the negative, one day we will turn around and find that all of that ‘wasted time’ is gone.
Here are a few of the things for which I am thankful. They aren’t all earth shattering, but I have learned over the years that not everything we have must shatter the earth to pieces.
It should instead, simply, turn our hearts.
I’m thankful for:
- Cold days when I can snuggle in the bed under multiple covers with my girls, talk and whisper and giggle, and then nap.
- Warm nights when I can sit outside on my back porch with my husband, a nice glass of wine, and hours and hours of conversation.
- Silly movies.
- A body that gets me where I want to go; that only complains at certain times; that responds to Ibuprofen when needed; that really, honestly, has been a pretty good body over the past almost-forty years.
- Family. Without them, where would I be?
- Great books. When I need a pick me up, a great book does the trick. Thank you, good novels and novelists everywhere!
- My family’s health. The fact that they can wake up and get moving in the morning, that they can enjoy life to the best of their ability, that they do not suffer.
- Safety. We live in a country in which we are relatively safe from suffering, unlike many other countries. Don’t believe me? Peruse the history aisle at the library and check out some books like, “Behind the Burqua” or “The Bookseller of Kabul.” The light will quickly turn on.
- Those that I have loved. I’ve lost several very important people over the last few years: an old best friend, a newer best friend, my aunt. I miss them. They touched me, and I will always remember them.
Now, it’s your turn!