Iíll say it again, I Love the Thanksgiving Holiday.
Not for the food. Turkey and potatoes and stuffing and pie are all very good, but I have mixed feelings about my ability to overeat, and I always wonder why we donít eat turkey and stuffing and yams more often, since they are good. Maybe I wouldnít gorge (along with others) if we got the good stuff more often.
No, what I love about the holiday is the reminder to be grateful. My Rain on Me post on 11/15 was focused on gratitude, but I thought Iíd also like to list for myself what Iím thankful for. I began this list in a forum post in early November.
I am grateful for:
Having more than sufficient food, shelter, safety, and warmth
Having no debt
My Guy, and for him finding the perfect part time job to give him enough money and free time
My dad's health and his being able to retire
My Folks being able to travel the world!
Having the introspection and patience to identify areas to improve
Having a job where I make a difference
Having a job that challenges me
Having a job where Iím paid to think!
Getting a fair wage and benefits
Baths. Clawfoot bathtubs and bubble baths as a bonus!
Having my vision and being able to read
Being able to travel
Being able to vote
Coffee (with milk)
Cheese, fruit, sushi, and all the other foods that give me great joy
The weather in Humboldt
My warm bed and comforter and all the parts of my house that are cozy
Having a car that's paid off and runs well
Having co-workers who support bettering the agency and are a team with me
Having the right and desire to exercise my freedom of speech and dissent
My Challenge Blog and the SavingAdvice forums as ways to embrace, reinforce, and champion frugality.
Having so many choices
Being able to learn and use my head
The health I do have, and the insurance for other areas
Friends, and their well-being
Being kind (it may sound like an odd thing to be grateful for, but every year it becomes more dear to me)
I have so much, so many I know have so much. I believe that the more grateful I am the more compassionate I am. One day a year we are reminded, again, to give thanks. I do.