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What do you have to be thankful for?
Thanksgiving is almost upon us. Can you believe it? I am not ready for the holiday season, and I know this year the holidays will be particularly hard for my family. Yet, even though it will be a bittersweet time, I know that there is still so much I have to be thankful for. So here is my short list of things that I am grateful for this holiday season.
My family: This goes without saying, but I have learned even more this year how much I appreciate all of my family. I don't know what I would do without my husband and kids, they are my life. I also don't know how I would have made it through this last year without my dad, and my siblings. When things got tough this past spring, we bonded together and all pitched in to help care for my mom. Finally, I so appreciated all the extra love and support I received from my extended family. From kind phone calls, messages, and emails from aunts, uncles and cousins. I am so grateful that I have such a large and wonderful group of people that I am lucky enough to call family.
Health: Sometimes you ignore good health, especially if you don't tend to get sick, but if you have ever had a family member who has been ill or you have been a victim of a serious illness yourself, you know all to well the importance of staying healthy. I am glad that we are all healthy.
Friends: Just like family, friends have been such a help in my life over this past year. I so appreciated all the love and support I received. Friends are the family you get to pick yourself.
Pets: I am a huge animal lover, and I can't tell you how much I missed my two cats while I was away this Spring. There is something comforting and magical about the love of a pet.
Books: This is an obvious one, but I don't know what I would have done without books. I did a lot of comfort reading after my mom passed, and I so appreciated that books were able to help me take my mind off my troubles.
This is my short list of all the things I have to be grateful for. This has been a tough year, but I can say that I have grown, and I have learned that I am far stronger than I ever thought. Life is short, grab hold of it and live it. Don't take all your blessings for granted, and remember to tell your loved ones every chance that you get that you love them.
My wish for this holiday season is that all of you will find happiness in all that you have, and that you will enjoy the simple things in life.
Next week's question:
What books are you most thankful for this year?