I reserve my giving of thanks for New Year’s Eve when I empty my memory jar on the carpet and spread the scraps of folded paper out before me. I unfold each note and carefully read and remember the moment that prompted it before tossing it on the fire to burn it into my mind.
As only social media can, the most profound statement to come across my news lately was on Facebook and said this, “Black Friday: because only in America people trample each other for sales, exactly one day after being thankful for what they already have…”
Turning that cynical cheek aside. I thought about what I would give thanks for, without the help of my jar of scribbled notes. I came up with my top 10:
10. I am thankful that despite having no insurance and taking risks with my health and physical well-being I am stronger and emotionally more stable than I can remember feeling in the recent past.
9. For all that I complain about finances. I am managing to stay afloat.
8. While my social circle is small, it fills my need for friendship, support, company and solitude.
7. The “systems” that support my lifestyle – heat, food, water and Internet – are relatively stable. Yes, the land-line phone has been on the blink for a month and the refrigerator makes a disconcerting clunk too often, but those don’t count. The garage door opens on command and the lights flick on.
6. I have not lost a companion in over twelve months. My pet supply, though aged, is hanging in with me.
5. I have a wonderful group of kindred souls to greet every day at work, who smile and wish me well.
4. I once married a man who gave me two beautiful daughters and a love for good cooking. I am thankful for the lessons the four of us have learned so far.
3. I am grateful for bees and hospice, two things in my life that ground me and teach me humility.
2. I am also humbled my blog was recognized this year by WordPress with a Freshly Pressed award and that people pay attention to my effort in writing down the instructions I stumble across in living life.
1. I am here…
Thank you all…