To all my family and friends, near and far, I wish you a happy and blessed Thanksgiving Day!
It occurred to me that it’s kind of funny that we spend days in preparation for this one day, this one meal and I’ve pondered why . . .
Yes, while it’s true that we celebrate the bounty of the harvest on this traditional day, and it’s true that we celebrate our gratitude for family and friends, but do we really know what it is we are grateful for? I think I have learned the meaning of gratitude this past year. So much has happened over the last 11 months, things that I would’ve have never thought were survivable , but they were, and in the end, they made me stronger and more resilient and more . . . bendy. (lol) I’ve been stretched to the limits this year in every way possible, both awesome, and not so awesome. Major financial woes, multiple losses of little furry friends, and family health issues, along with my little Westie, Angel having cancer and going through surgery, but then the good stuff happened in there too! Major good stuff, like true miracles such as the birth of my Granddaughter, MaryJane. And then, even though my Angel had cancer, the surgery got all of it out and he’s on his way back to excellent health! Who knew one little white doggie could survive something so horrible and live to wag his tail again! He’s been the bravest of the brave!
And then there are the thousands of miracles that happen daily like the smile of a friend. The touch of my mom’s hand. The kissie monster from my Angel, and the coos and squeaks of my Lil’ Mouse, MaryJane. Sometimes, just having a hot cuppa tea at the end of the day is a miracle to me and the gratitude I feel to be able to smile at the end of the day, and say, Thank you Lord for getting me through one more day is a miracle and a blessing!
Things like being given the ability to write and finish a story. This year, I’ve written 5 novella’s, two partial novels and finished my full-length Memoir plus multiple short stories! The gratitude for the talent I’ve been entrusted with is immense!
So many, many things have happened that have taught me the meaning of true gratitude. And so as I enjoy a bountiful feast with family this Thanksgiving, I pray Father will continue to build me and help me learn the lessons I’ve yet to learn, and I hope that He will always keep me in His palm, gently teaching me and guiding me as I learn to be ever grateful, which makes me kinder and more compassionate towards others needs! I’m grateful for what I have learned this year and will continue to learn as I walk daily through this crazy thing called life! I am thankful that God is with me through all things . . .
Be blessed, my friends. <3