It’s Thanksgiving weekend here in America where we celebrate the blessings of the year, and traditionally, the harvest.
Falling on the fourth Thursday in November, Thanksgiving is when the Fall season has descended upon us, which means the leaves on trees begin to turn colors (unfortunately, not in California, where I sit), the aroma of pumpkin permeates the air (and every food group), and the temperatures are typically cooler. I would love nothing more than to spend my days curled up on my favorite chair with a blanket, a good book and a delicious latte.
I love this time of year. Fall is my favorite season and Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Why, you ask? I’m thankful all year long with no need of a holiday to remind me to be thankful, but Thanksgiving emphasizes there is much to be grateful for when you are surrounded by family, an overabundance of food and drink and where everyone is happy, loving and healthy (I hope for most families anyway).
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I’d like to take this opportunity to express what I am thankful for. It might spark a quiet moment to count your blessings.
My family: I’m grateful everyone is healthy, happy, and safe. From the bottom of my heart, I am grateful for their love and support. My family means the world to me.
My friends: When I was sick, one of my doctors was astonished at how much “social support” I had. I have the greatest friends a girl could ever ask for. Sometimes I question—how am I so deserving?
My health: I honestly believe I am healthier than I should be, given my medical history. I know I have a purpose. I believe that purpose is to inspire others to live with no regrets. To never regret making the mistake of working too much or focusing on the things that really don’t matter. To never regret making the mistake of staying in a relationship that has exceeded its expiration date. To regret not living a life true to yourself or ever wondering “what if.” Whatever it is you want to do, I hope you’ll go out and at least try. If it’s not for you then, at least you’ll know.
My abundance: I have always had what I needed, when I needed it. I may have been stressed a time or two related to money (okay maybe 100 times), but things have always worked out. I’m grateful for having a safe, clean and comfortable roof over my head, clean drinking water, and warm showers. I’m grateful for the opportunities to travel, experience different cultures and meet new people.
Opportunities: I am grateful for this journey. Opportunities such as relationships, travel, work experience, and the ups and downs of life have assisted (and continue to assist) my growth, expanded my knowledge and experience. To all the people who have crossed my path along the way—thank you.
Sleep: Most nights, I quietly acknowledge how grateful I am for a good night’s sleep and being able to lie flat. If you’ve never been able to lie flat due to health reasons, say congestive heart failure, when you cannot lie flat because you cannot breathe, which leads to not being able to sleep, then you may not be able to understand why I am so grateful for these two things. The two “normal” things we take for granted. Having been recently diagnosed with sleep apnea, I will confirm, restful sleep is essential to good health.
Everything and everyone comes into our lives for a reason. I’m grateful for it all.
Today may not be Thanksgiving for you, wherever you may be reading this; however, what are you grateful for?
When we start taking things for granted, it’s important to pause for a moment and think of at least five things to be thankful for. If you find yourself, in this moment, not experiencing the best life has to offer, remember to count the blessings you do have. Please do not miss out on the beauty life DOES offer you.