Thanksgiving… a time to give thanks. Yes, there is turkey to be eaten, football on the tv, and too much pie. But these are only the outer vestiges of the day, and one should take time to be mindful of the deeper meaning of what this day should mean.
So with that in mind, here is a simple list of what I am thankful for.
- Good health – I am in full possession of all of my faculties. Ok, sight and hearing are slightly on the decline, but things could be worse. I have no major allergies or other limiting dietary factors, thus I can eat what I want. Overall, life is very good.
- Good friends – I am happy to know that I have many good friends from all over the world. People whom I have known for many years, and others whom I have not yet met, yet they are all there with a positive word to support me whenever I am feeling down.
- Fantastic children – I really think that I have hit the jackpot here. Yes, I am a mother, and I truly believe that I was blessed with the most amazing children in the entire world.
- My love of cooking – I love food… it is my belief that the many types and varieties of food are God’s gift to us, and that we are meant to enjoy eating. Serving size is important, of course, and no time better than on Thanksgiving day to keep that in mind, but to taste a little of everything and to savor the textures and the flavors… that in itself is a form of giving thanks, in my humble opinion.
- Beauty all around me – Trees, mountains, the sea, the desert… blue skies, fluffy white clouds, and sometimes rain to refresh.
- Books – Wow… what can I say about books other than that books have been a part of my life for longer than I can remember. Dr. Seuss taught me to read from the time I was 4 years old and I have been hooked ever since! My most contented, relaxing days are still the days when I cuddle up on the sofa with a good book in my hands.
- The great good fortune to travel the world – I want to make it clear that traveling is seldom as glamorous as it seems. Sometimes too hot, and sometimes too cold, and often physically exhausting… I have suffered food poisoning (numerous times), and severe dysentery. I have been beguiled to buy things that I don’t need, overcharged by taxi drivers, and have even been relieved of my purse while having a knife held to my throat. Absolutely terrifying! Yet, for each of these misfortunes there have been many more good experiences. And ohhhhh, the views!
- The opportunity to write – As if all of this wasn’t enough, I am also blessed with time to think, and a love of writing.