Thankful Everyday – The Thirtieth

Here we are, the final day of thanks for the month of November.  I think every day, in my normal life, I say a mental and emotional thank you for something… the way my honey laughs, the excited way the pups greet me every time I walk in a room, the smiles of my grandsons, the beauty of the sky or the day or the soul of a friend.  I appreciate things.  Even so, this has been a lovely exercise in purposed thankfulness.  Being cognizant of what I have in my life.  I have a lot.

30.  I am thankful for love.  Love of all kinds.  Love from friends, family, my pups, the grandsons, the kids, my Mom, my siblings, and most of all my honey.  I am blessed to have so much love in my life.  More love and more joy from that love than I could ever dream possible.  I feel it like a wave sometimes, immense and overwhelming in a totally good way, and other times it’s presence is like a vast and endless calm sea supporting the weight of this tiny ship.  Most importantly, I feel it.  Always.  I’m lucky, fortunate, grateful, thankful, honored, blessed, graced, and humbled by the magnitude of it.  I am loved, and I love.  It’s beautiful.

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Thankful Everyday – Day Twenty-Nine

29.  I’m thankful for travel.  I’m lucky enough to have been a few places.  K and I love to experience a new place; the people, the smells, the tastes, the culture, a window into the way people live their lives.  We love this.  I’ve loved it since I was young and our family headed out on one road trip after another.  I loved it when I went to Europe for the first time when I was 16.  I love it when K and I go on a car trip that can last a day or a couple of weeks.  I love it when we pack and bag and fly off to who knows where or jump on a cruise ship or take a train ride.  Traveling brings a sense of how large the world is, and yet it also brings a feeling of sameness and smallness.  People are people, everywhere.  Loving, searching, laughing, angry, happy, striving, living — the same.  Travel gives you a window to that.  It also gives a sense of wonder about the world. There are amazing things to see and wonderful people to meet.  This world of ours is a fantastic place.  However we travel, being out on the road with a backpack, a camera, and my honey is about the best place to be.

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Thankful Everyday – The Tenth

Here we are, a third of the way through, and I feel like I’m just getting started.  This is good for the soul.  This little affirmation every day of things to be thankful and grateful for.  It’s sending positive energy out into the world.  I feel that from others.  I feel that for myself.

10. I’m thankful for coffee, in all it’s forms — lattes, au laits, drip, french press, espresso, iced, hot, and a lovely thing called a Bibero I once had in Spain.  Not only does it help me to wake in the morning, I enjoy it.  I love the warmth in the morning and sometimes the cold in the afternoon.  I love the flavor of a flavored drink or the simplicity of a really good cup o’ joe.  I enjoy trying new cafes and stands and diners.  I’m a fan, and thankful I get to drink the stuff.  It brings me joy.

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Thankful Everyday – The Eighth

Here we are, day eight.

8.  I’m thankful for my second family.  When K and I got together I didn’t realize at the time that I’d be gaining a whole new set of people to call my own.  People who in turn would call me their own.  People who made me a part of the family and have accepted and loved me ever since.  They are amazing and I’m so fortunate to have them in my life.

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Thankful Everyday – The Sixth

November 6th.  Day six of thankfulness.

6.  I’m thankful for our new little cutie.  He makes an awesome dance partner.  He’s so mellow and loving, we can already tell.  He smiles and laughs all the time.  It’s music.

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Thankful Everyday – The Fifth

November fifth brings the fifth day of thanks.

5.  I’m thankful for my little grandson who spent an hour today pretending with his Grandma Tam.  He’s spectacular.  There’s no better way to spend time than hanging out with that little man.

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Thankful Everyday

November. So many great things about it – leaves changing and falling, cooler temperatures lead to the wearing of jackets and hats, blankets and the beginnings of spending more cozy time indoors, women’s basketball, football in full swing, and Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday.

I’m actually not much of a holiday person. I know, bah hum bug, but it’s true. I don’t much like decorating or dressing up and I definitely don’t like the commercialism if it all. Decidedly not my thing. But Thanksgiving, that’s for me. Family time, food, conversation, and a general spirit of thankfulness.

In the last couple of years I’ve noticed more and more people doing this thing called 30 Days of Thanks on Facebook.  Listing, each day of the month, something they’re thankful for.  I love this idea.  I’ve written a lot about being thankful, grateful, and lucky for various things in my life on this blog.  Obviously I’m a big proponent of saying thank you and so jumping on the bandwagon of something as cool as taking a moment every day to give thanks for someone or something seems like a great idea to me.  All this thanking is good for the world.  It’s been good for me to read the thanks other people are putting down.  It’s warm and fuzzy.  It’s good energy.  It’s a beautiful thing.

I’m a bit late starting this, so I’ll be doing a little catch up, but here we go…

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1.  I’m thankful for my split apart.  Every day I get more love, laughter, and togetherness than a person really has a right to.  She’s poetry and light.  She completes me.

2.  I’m thankful for the wag in our pups tails.  The pups add so much joy, fun, and wonder, and magic to our lives.  They make our family.  I love them.

3.  I’m thankful for having the coolest, most wonderful, amazingly awesome Mom a person could have.  Not just my Mom, she’s also my friend.  And that smile — wow.

4.  I’m thankful for words.  They have, and continue to, inspire, transform, encourage, explain the world, and enlighten me.  I’m so appreciative of their presence in my life.

And there it is… I’ve caught up.  Tomorrow number 5 on the 5th.

What are you thankful for?