What are you thankful for?

For the upcoming Canadian thanksgiving – on Monday 14th of October, it occurred to me for the first time, to pause for an instant, celebrate the day with my family and be thankful for what I have.  You see, thanksgiving is one of those western traditions I had never bothered to get into its spirit, never really identified with over the past three decades in my second home country Canada.   This year seemed different in that I felt the need to cling on to something – ceremonially and symbolically I suppose – to express my gratitude.

No, I did not win the lottery, nor tumbled over youth formula! On the contrary, over the past few years I have lost several beloved companions, in addition to waking up to a nasty surprise (of health  nature for me and people I love or care about) almost regularly.  Feeling prone to disaster and finding no consolation in complaint and anxiety, I decided to focus on the things I have: I found ample to share from within; plenty to behold from without.

I am grateful for the people I have known, befriended and loved, as their goodness continues to live within me even though some of them no longer live.

I am grateful for living with a man I love and for the love I get.

I am grateful for the two pets I had and cherished, as their lavish love gave me a joy I would have never known otherwise.

I am grateful for the health of my family members; and for my own – whatever remains of it!

I am grateful for the freedom my country provides me with; for the warmth and quiet of my home; for the food; and for the clean blankets!

I am thankful for the mead & meat, for my wisdom and wit!

I am grateful for having more weakness than wickedness, and so very proud and thankful for not having too much a share of vanity, insincerity and hatred.

Think of all the big and small things you are thankful for and have a wonderful thanksgiving day!

One Comment on “What are you thankful for?”

  1. Afsaneh says:

    HERE is what a friend had to say on her timeline in response to this post:
    “Although I don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, I like the idea of remembering the good things in life and being thankful for them.
    I’m thankful for living with my best friend; the man whom I most adore, admire, and respect. I’m thankful for being healthy, smart, and sometimes even funny I’m thankful for having inner peace and patience with all the difficulties that life throws at me. I’m thankful for my family and my lovely friends. And lastly, I’m thankful for all the nature’s blessings especially, the 100 something kilos of free, fresh, organic apples that got me into some serious meditation while I was trying to find creative ways to preserve them!”

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