After eleven days off, I’m headed back to work this morning, and I’m just reflecting on Thanksgiving and all the things for which I’m thankful.
1. My family. I could list each person and how I’m thankful for them, but then I’d fill my list. (Also, who could pick the order? And when would I end the list?) I would, however, like to specifically mention that I’m especially blessed with a healthy, wonderful son (who turns five this week). He is a joy to all the rest of us.
2. Health. Our family struggles with this from time-to-time, and my dad had some cancer removed this year, but with no chemo or radiation required, so I think we should be thankful for that, too. We are in pretty good shape, over all, and lucky to have all four grandparents nearby to dote on Mitchell. :)
3. Lack of financial distress. I know that things are tough for everybody right now, and we are “hunkering down” in some ways, too. But I can’t express how thankful I am to be past the time in my life that I had “month left at the end of my paycheck” instead of money left at the end of the month. Certainly a “knock on wood” or a little prayer applies to this statement, that things not go down the toilet in some way, but I notice the distinct lack of worry I feel about finances (because I used to know that worry as a close companion). I currently enjoy a freedom to buy yarn at my whim that makes me feel beyond blessed.
4. My job. I really enjoy going to work. I know I make a difference in the things that I do, things that matter; I know I’m valued by my colleagues; and I am constantly challenged and engaged. I recently received a title/recognition that I have been striving toward for several years, and I’m just pleased as punch.
5. Freedom. The freedom to write this. The freedom to pursue happiness. I’m especially thankful for all the men and women who sacrifice to maintain that freedom. God Bless America.
I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.
I’m off to work!