Yesterday Facebook notified me of Thanksgiving. I personally have never celebrated it but when I saw it with the suggestion to wish people on my Friends list…I thought “Why not?“.
It doesn’t matter whether or not I celebrate a special day to be thankful. What matters is what it signified for me. It made me think about all the things I get to be thankful for regardless of their current state. So, today I post this to say thank you for some of the things in my life:
- I’m thankful that even though I don’t have near-perfect health, I’m alive. I got to open my eyes this morning to a new day regardless of what lay in store.
- I’m thankful for my children who try my patience in ways no-one could prepare me for but, in each of them, I see a little piece of me and it’s that part I get to nurture. I love them and they love me despite the way I treat them sometimes because that’s what family is all about.
- I’m thankful that I get to go to work and despite feeling overwhelmed by all that I have to do, I get to do it with a smile most days. I have challenges, yes, but those challenges only make me stronger. I grow, I learn and when I feel like I can’t swim, I paddle like hell to stay afloat.
- I have a husband whom I love and regardless of the fact that our relationship is not perfect (show me one that is), it’s ours in every form. With time, I think we’ve matured in ways that leave me in awe of the distance we’ve travelled since starting this love affair.
- I’m also thankful that even though there’s a great distance between my family and home country (which I miss terribly most days), I get to use technology which makes it possible to hear my parents voices, I get to tell them I love them and we get to share some humour with each other as if the distance doesn’t exist.
- More importantly, I’m thankful for my belief system. One which allows me to be fragile, to fail and also succeed and grow stronger. I know there’s no judgement, no expectation except to love and believe.
So, even though there’s so much more to be thankful for, these are the important aspects of my life which currently make my world go round. We only have one life and it really doesn’t matter what we do with it. But, being thankful for the good, the bad and the ugly is what will ultimately define our journey.
We are all on a course, steering in uncharted territory, navigating through storms and moments of inconceivable challenges but there’s always hope and for that…we must remain Thankful.
What are you thankful for..?