Friday, November 25, 2011

Giving Thanks...

Thanksgiving was yesterday. And I noticed how both Facebook and Twitter blew up with what everyone is thankful for.

And it got me thinking. What am I thankful for?

What am I thankful for? I’m thankful for a lot. And I’m thankful every single day – not just on Thanksgiving.

I try not to take for granted even the little things in my life. I know how easily they are taken away.

So I’m thankful for my job – and that I really, really love it. I love what I do, I love the people I work with and I love how I’m treated. But mostly, I’m just happy to be OK with waking up and going to work in the morning. I look forward to it. Come Sunday night, I’m not sick with fear anymore about having to deal with being treated like utter crap. I’m not made fun of. That isn’t fun. I just feel very fortunate that I have a job at all (because so many do not) so I can have a place to live, pay my bills and even sport a few luxuries once in awhile.

I’m thankful for my health. So many people suffer from such debilitating diseases and are in such constant pain. I feel fortunate that I can get out of bed each day and breathe, walk, talk and just be on my own.

I’m thankful for fresh, clean water. It’s one of those luxuries many of us take for granted.

I’m thankful for the freedom to express my religious beliefs. I am Catholic and it is very important to me. Everything I have and everything I am was given to me by God. And I am glad I can openly thank and worship Him for that.

I am thankful for my wonderful parents. Without them, I most definitely wouldn’t be where I am today…both literally and figuratively. They have been my rocks in an otherwise unstable, constantly changing world. I owe them my life – and there is just no way I can repay them back. Not in an entire lifetime.

I’m thankful for Kevin. I’m thankful for how he treats me like a queen; how he’s there for anything I might need; how he makes me laugh and just kisses me on the forehead when he’s frustrated with me. I’m thankful to have found my soul mate and that we get to spend the rest of our lives together – even though that would never be enough.

I’m thankful for my wonderful sister – and new brother-in-law. Even though they aren’t here, they supply such happiness to everyone and they are giving us a new gift – the gift of life – a little baby girl who will be born in March.

I’m thankful for my brother – and for his wonderful, beautiful girlfriend, Sarah – who makes him really happy. Even though he’s super busy, I know he’d be there in an instant if I needed him!

I’m thankful for my grandparents – who have taught me to look at life differently – and to stop and smell the flowers once in awhile.

I’m thankful for my two little fur-ball cats – Isabel and Nellie. They have brought such joy to my life (even though they’re sometimes a pain in the butt) and are my little companions when I’ve felt alone and sad.

I have many other family and friends – some who have passed on – and I am so thankful that each and every one of you are or have been a part of my life.

Thank you.