So here we are – another Thanksgiving has come and gone. A day of thanks, a day of gratitude. Around our house most of the day was spent on “normal” Thanksgiving Day stuff – a big breakfast, the parade on TV, a run outside, dinner with family, rummaging through the sale ads planning my weekend Christmas shopping. But throughout the day I caught myself asking said self, “What are you thankful for? Do you even know?” I get so caught up in the daily chaos of executing to-do lists and striving for more that I absolutely, 100% admit that I take for granted all the good that I have. So I thought about it all day – I spent time today really thinking about this day and the meaning of it and asking myself what am I thankful for? And this is what I came up with…in no particular order…8 things I am thankful for.
#1 – I am thankful for my boys. The prepubescent eleven-year old and five-year Tasmanian devil. Unconditional, unwavering love for those two. Are there moments (many moments) when things are crazy and the inmates are running the asylum? Yep, there are. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. They are my life, my reason for being, my purpose.
#2 – I am thankful for their father. My boys have a great dad. Really. Of course they don’t understand this fully yet, but it is my hope that as they grow into young men they will develop a deep appreciation for their father and his love for them.
#3 – I am thankful for my sisters. No, we didn’t have a traditional upbringing (whatever that is) but we had each other. We still have each other. And even though weeks or months might pass between our visits, it doesn’t change the fact that we are still sisters. Nothing can and nothing will.
#4 – I am thankful for my girlfriends. You know who you are – each.and.every.one.of.you. I have some really great girlfriends. Some who I have known for a lifetime and others who have crossed my path in more recent years. Each plays their own very unique and special role in my life and I couldn’t make it through without them. Well, I suppose I could if I had to, but I don’t want to. Life is so much better when you are surrounded by good people. And I just so happen to be lucky enough to be surrounded by great people.
# 5 – I am thankful for running. Huh? I can hear you ask…yep, you read it correctly – I am thankful for running. Running has been a part of my life for over 20 years. It defines a part of my being. It keeps my mind right and my body strong. And I am so thankful that I will be able to continue running until, well, until my body won’t let me anymore.
#6 – I am thankful for my job. Ok this is a tough one – because work can be hard. It can be frustrating. Who am I kidding – it is hard and it is frustrating. But if I take a step back I know that it is my job that provides a life for my boys. And that makes it all worth it.
#7 – I am thankful for my parents – all of you. Biological, step, whatever label you want to give it. I am thankful for the lessons and the love that you bestowed upon me through the years – the times when I thought I knew it all and the times I didn’t know what the heck to do next.
#8 – I am thankful for you – those who read my blog. I am so super grateful for those of you who take the time to read my words. Everyone is busy and there a bazillion things to read out there, but you took the time to read this. And for that I thank you…for what it’s worth.