Well, it hasn't been a full year since I posted last, but almost.
Here I am on Thanksgiving again thinking about what I have to be grateful for this year.
I could be grouchy and talk about the things I didn't like this year and fill up my page with thoughts on my old tenants. I saw a quote this morning that said "Karma has no deadline". I am hoping that is true. They earned a lot.
Instead I am going to ponder other thoughts.
I always have the usual things I am grateful for such as sunrises, sunsets, running water, hot water heater, a comfy bed, food everyday, love, a warm home, every mistake I ever made....etc. Within all those things are deeper moments of gratitude.
I am actually grateful every morning upon awakening. I sometimes forget to be thankful, but in fact I am. I am awake in the world and I hopefully have another full day here on earth to enjoy the things that capture my soul.
A lot of things in our day are so normal and always there that we almost forget about them. The sweet greeting from the cat (who wants treats), the joy filled dog, birds outside, the view from the big kitchen window that always brings visions of horses and trees. A long embrace and a kiss from my husband before he goes off to work. A peaceful, tasty cup of coffee before starting the day with chores or work.
One of my co-workers lost her partner recently. I cannot imagine my life without my partner. I continue to be grateful that I have a loving partner and a good life with him. I am thankful for the serendipitous moment that brought him into my life and all the moments we have had since.
I recently had to buy heating oil. Although the cost is outrageous, I am thankful I am warm and comfortable. I contemplate the plight of homeless people and how they manage, but I cannot even begin to fathom being cold and seeking a place for rest. My bed is warm and comfortable. I appreciate and am thankful for the person who invented mattresses. I wish warmth and comfort for all.
The truth of Thanksgiving begins with the beginning of our country and immigrants. This land existed and was occupied with it's native peoples. Immigrants (our forefathers) came along and began to co-exist with natives. This country has always been about immigrants. It is very interesting to watch the news and the controversy regarding immigrants. No, we can't take everyone in, and they do need to work and pay as we all do, but we would not exist without them now or ever in our history. Not perfect in the end, but, the beginning started with high ideals. I cannot imagine living elsewhere in the world even though I have tried hard. I am thankful that I am free to be me and you are free to be you.
As you maybe contemplate shopping Black Friday and having a spending hemorrhage, consider purchasing something for a homeless shelter, the food bank, or a foster child. My work has a giving tree. I pulled a boys wish off of there for an iTunes card and a small t-shirt. I am grateful that I have work and the ability to honor that wish.
As I mentioned at the beginning of my post, our tenants that lived in our house in Salt Lake moved out. We went to Salt Lake for almost 3 weeks to work on the house hoping to sell it. We have family that live there and we are grateful for the help that we received everyday and that which we have received since then.
May you enjoy the many morsels of the day.....food, thoughts, love, comforts, happiness.
Bless the food before us this day, the family and friends beside us, and the love between us. Amen.