… is a new opportunity to be thankful and remember at least one thing that makes it worth rolling out of bed.
Coffee for instance, is a good thing to be thankful for. I mean how many of us would not have the strength to make it out of bed if not for the promise of that first delicious sip of elixir to help us start our day?
Ever have one of those fantasies as a child where you were accepting an award, won a race or gave a speech? For those of us who write … how many different ways did you write that all-important Acknowledgements’ paragraph at the beginning of your first published novel?
What would happen if that day never came … if you never had the chance to tell everyone in your life that you love and thank them for being there?
Would our life be worth living if we never said thank you?
On Thanksgiving Day… we celebrate with food and good friends … commiserate with family … and take pause to think of those we have loved who are with us in spirit only.
In keeping with my promise to wow you with four weeks of lists, and in the tradition of Letterman … I give you …
Ten reasons I am thankful:
Number ten: I am thankful that I lost all material trappings, not once, but three times and that it has taught me how meaningless those trappings are.
Number nine: I am thankful for growing up in Brooklyn with a crazy Italian family and for being first generation because it taught me tolerance and love for all cultures.
Number eight: I am thankful for every single mistake I have ever made because they taught me I can do better.
Number seven: I am thankful for my friends, past and present, because they are the sign posts that help me find my way.
Number six: I am thankful for my mother and father who molded me into the person I am.
Number five: I am thankful for being the baby and the only girl and for two brothers who were the amalgam of what all men are or should be.
Number four: I am thankful to my middle brother, who I will never stop missing, and who gave me the love of reading.
Number three: I am thankful to the Big Guy who never stops learning and creating and taught me how to find my personal passion.
Number two. I am thankful I was given the gift of voice and I can make a beautiful noise, be it here or in my stories or in the songs I love to sing.
And the number one reason:
I am thankful for the unconditional love I have been given, even when I didn’t think I was worth it.
We are all worth so much more than we think we are. We have more than we can ever begin to put in ten or ten hundred reasons.
Tomorrow, while you feast on whatever traditional meal you share, with whomever you share it with … take a few moments to remember how much you have to be thankful for. Remember those who are not with those they love, who for whatever reason have no feast or family.
Wherever you are, have a safe and Blessed Thanksgiving Day.
Tell me reader. What are you thankful for?
Do you count your blessings on this day or every day?
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