Thankfulness

I am thankful for people. I am thankful for my family. I am thankful for the few friends who have stayed friends with me- as difficult as that may be- over the years. And, although I miss my friends more than I can possibly express, I am thankful that most of them are just an email away when I need to reach out- even if I usually decide to not bother them. I am thankful for those who have loved me in the past.

I am thankful for the people who have made me expand my horizons in ways I never imagined I could. I am thankful for those who encouraged me to put myself into uncomfortable situations where I felt like I was totally out of place- but then stood by me while I got comfortable enough to enjoy the experience.

I am thankful for those who comment on my blog posts, my Facebook dribblings, and those who share my writings with others. Those who read what I write, and then take action on it, make me feel I am not wasting my time. And that is a great feeling. I am thankful for the people who choose to voluntarily support and encourage my writing habit with actual money.

There are other, maybe trivial, things I am thankful for.

I am thankful that I can eat just about anytime I want to. And that there is a variety of things I can choose from. Not to knock the “buy local” notion, but I’m very happy I am not trapped into eating only what is grown locally, when it happens to be in season. I am thankful that I have heat in the winter- and even more incredibly, that I have cool air in my house in the summer. I am thankful I don’t usually sleep on rocks or roots, and that I don’t wake up with my head having been buried while I slept by an industrious gopher. Until it has happened to you, you may not realize you should be thankful when it doesn’t happen. I am thankful I can make fire (or heat) without having to actually make fire.

I am thankful that I can get on this electronic wonder box and interact with people all over the planet- although I am thankful I can also choose not to interact with Nigerian princes and Ghanaian lonely-hearts with the push of a button.

I am thankful that I can still go most days without being forced to interact with government employees. I am thankful that in most cases, even ignoring their “laws” comes without immediate consequences.

I am thankful for the experiences I have had and the memories I keep inside my head. I am thankful I can still imagine a better future.

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2 Responses to “Thankfulness”

  1. Enlightened Rogue Says:

    ……And I’m thankful that I still have (for now) the freedom to WORK and ignore this “holiday.”
    And speaking generally (while observing general human behavior and not anyone in particular), I have this screwy idea that “giving thanks” should occur frequently, not just when the ruling state dictates it.

  2. Kent McManigal Says:

    I enjoy shared holidays. For some reason it's just not as much fun to have a private holiday no one else shares. I also enjoy (some) tradition and ritual.
    But, yes, thankfulness should happen anytime you have something to be thankful about. But it's also OK to have a time to remind you to think of those things you should be thankful for that you may have been too busy to stop and consider.

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