Today is Thanksgiving. Many of you already know this but for those who are from another country, we celebrate originally because we were thankful for a large harvest back in the days of settling this great country. (If you want to read more try this site) Today it has turned in to a day of celebrating with a large feast, including a turkey and lots of pies, and being surrounded family and friends. So in my eyes it hasn’t changed too much, well except for the after Thanksgiving sales and the craziness they call Black Friday! But I digress….
So this year as many of you already know, I have kept a gratitude journal and spend time each day writing down things I am thankful for. I have done this for several reasons: One to remind me how blessed I am, Two to help me when I am struggling to remind me how blessed I am, and Three as a reminder to myself about how blessed I am. I know, I know those all sound the same! But think about it, if you are reading this right now you are blessed with a computer, eyes to see, understanding to read and the ability to pick a great blog to read. 🙂
As I was thinking about writing this blog (which has really been on my mind since Monday) I was wondering how I would express my gratitude and how overwhelmed I am when I think about my blessings. (Let’s just say tears come to my eyes and I get that lump in my throat. They are happy tears though.) Many of my friends did the days of thankfulness leading up to thanksgiving and listed them all on facebook daily. I didn’t participate but was thankful for reading others. It made me really think about what means the most in my life so here goes in somewhat poetry form:
Living these 40 years,
Shedding many, many tears.
Warm hugs and beautiful smiles,
Ability to run miles and miles.
Strength that astounds me,
Weakness that helps me grow.
Using my God-given talents to help others who are struggling,
And realizing it is not just a job but a calling.
Writing and reading blog after blog,
Having followers great and small.
Wonderful friends old and new,
Memories that last forever.
Family members both near and far,
Who love me no matter how crazy I r!
My girls who make me so proud,
And Dave who I love to be around.
I am thankful for every breathe and every second,
Take some time to count your blessings.