Being Thankful

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I’ve always had Friday off from work and love spending the 4-day weekend at home, hunkering down and relaxing. Maybe it’s because those four days will be last opportunity to breathe and take it easy for a good six weeks. Maybe it’s because, as the seasons change and the year winds down, I find myself trying to figure out how to do and be better.

Looking backward, I appreciate all the things that went right during the past year, and all the things that didn’t. I make plans and set goals … and sincerely hope to achieve them. I’ve always had this sense that it’s impossible to move forward unless we take something of the past with us–and that it’s our choice about what to take that’s the most important part of the decision.

Both my parents are gone and I find tremendous comfort in living in their house, feeling their presence with me, seeing the legacy they left behind, and the way my sibs and our families have drawn closer together.

This Thanksgiving, I’m grateful for all the people I’ve loved and the ways they helped me become the person I am. I cherish family–whether it’s the one I was born into or the many I’ve chosen. And I appreciate being able to do exactly what I want to do, and having the physical and mental capacity to do so.

What are you thankful for? And why?

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

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