Here in the United States we are all running around preparing to give thanks tomorrow. In the Northeast, wet, sloppy snow has begun to fall and the echo of protesters is still in the streets. So much to think about these days. And so much to be thankful for each moment.
If you’ve been reading this column the last few weeks, you know that I’m on a mission to find deeper meaning in my life. I want to find joy in my daily actions and I’ve been making small changes in the hopes of happening upon something huge. Thanksgiving and the start of the holiday season is wonderful time to reach out to friends and family that mean so much to us. Say something to someone who might need a kind word; Invite someone to dinner who might not have a place to go.
Growing up in Florida, our family was far away so my mom always filled our table with friends. Florida is known for people who left their lives behind so I’ve met a number of interesting characters over the years… Did I ever mention that I grew up in a comedy club? We had some fun Christmas Eve parties once the club closed and the Christmas orphans arrived at our house!
The latest thing I’ve been trying to do each day is give thanks as I’m heading off to sleep. No matter the frustrations of the day or things that didn’t work out, I close my eyes and list a few things I’m thankful for each night: My parents’ good health. My husband’s patience. My two sweet kitties that insist on sleeping with/on me. An array of intelligent and warm friends, old and new. A table full of good food and amazing family members who all truly love each other. (We all get along!) This, this is why I am thankful.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!