Since it is Thanksgiving, I wanted to take a moment to talk about gratitude and some of the things I am thankful for this year. I know we usually hear the typical, “I’m thankful for my family, friends, a roof over my head, a good job…” but let’s go a little deeper. Those things are important of course, but what about the simple things? Like the first rain after weeks of bad air from fires or the wonderous beauty of a sunset to end a long day.
The other day someone put something into perspective. Things like pain and being thankful for it. For loss. Heartache. Because we wouldn’t become better people without those things. We have to go through them to understand joy and true happiness. I was single for 25 years until last year and now I’m single again. It has been hard, but this gives us both a chance to become better people. The people we have always wanted to be and I understand why it had to happen even if it is difficult sometimes. I know things happen for a reason and I also know they happen when they are supposed to. Bad days will pass. So will good days, that’s why we need to cherish every moment we have while we are in it because we never know when it will be our last.
So, yes, I am thankful for my friends and family, for love, life, food and all those things, but most importantly I am thankful for my strength and ability to learn from the pain and mistakes and come out better than before. I am thankful for the simple things. Love. Sunsets. Music. Laughter. Books. Tea and so many other things. Everything has a purpose and whether that is to help us get through a hard day or just rejoice in the fact that we are alive for another sunset, we need it at that particular moment. So am I grateful for those moments of clarity when the universe just somehow knows what we need right in that exact moment. Here’s to gratitude and here’s to thankfulness. I hope everyone had a great day!