Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. And not just because of the food. Don't get me wrong, I love to cook and even more I love to cook for other people.
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because I get to give thanks.
I get to take a moment from my busy life, to stop, look around and be grateful. Truly grateful.
I have been very fortunate to have a good life surrounded by friends and family. I am healthy. I have healthy children. I have a strong marriage to someone that I respect and adore. I have a career that I am passionate about and get to work with clients that I would gladly invite into my home.
I am very, very fortunate.
It hasn't always been sunshine and rainbows. I always joke about my "homeless period"- the three months that I couch surfed- but it's always made me appreciate having a roof over my head and more importantly, the value of my friends. And I've had other things happen that might surprise you, but they always have made me a better person, more appreciative of all that I have. The bad things are as interwoven into my soul as the many, many good things.
With all the negativity in the world, I may seem a Pollyanna, and that's okay with me.
As I sat at the table on Thanksgiving, surrounded by family, I was overwhelmed as I am every year-- even during the couch surfing days- to be surrounded by so much love and so much good fortune.
And I gave thanks.