Of these 5 I am Thankful

So, it’s that time of year again when families gather together around a Turkey and challenge themselves to eat in one sitting more food than they’ve had in an entire day.  But, it is also the time of year when we start thinking about life- those little things we are grateful for that when combined together makes life fun, joyful and worth getting up in the morning.  Those small things that add to our life and that, without, we would miss very much.

The general rule is to be thankful every day but if we can’t do this, let’s consider writing a list, whether on paper or in our own mind of those things we can’t do without that we are happy for.  Here’s my top 5:

  1. I am thankful for family.  This year, we are minus one.  It is the first year we will spend the Holidays without my mom, my best friend, and the one woman who always gave me full support no matter what was happening around us.  I miss her dearly.  Our family has carried on without this shining star and struggles to remain strong.  I am happy that I still have my dad and can care for him as he survives day to day through the inevitable ills and arthritis that accompany the aging process.  My dad and I were never close but, somehow, over the years I have learned to appreciate him and love him.
  2. I am thankful for my supportive husband.  Whoever said it- “A good man is hard to find” was right.  I am so glad my husband chooses every day to stay by my side and live the rest of his life with little ol’ me.  He is your “typical” male in many respects- not one to express his feelings- but I must say he surprised me with his staunch support as we went through the recent deaths of my mom and my beautiful dog (the last of two we had).  I’ve learned with age and experience, the value of having a partner who shares your same values and ideals and I must say, I couldn’t have asked for a better one to stand by my side.
  3. I am thankful for my work.  I am fortunate in that I have two jobs- one full-time that provides me with health, life and dental insurance and supports my other job:  my career, my true passion and calling- writing.  I am thankful I can pay the bills and live my life the way I want to.  Money provides a certain freedom to do, get, experience as you want and I am so thankful I am able to enjoy this freedom and make the most of it, in the ways that I wish.
  4. I am thankful I have a home of my very own.  My home may not be a several-storied mansion, filled with worldly antiques worth a fortune but it is ours- our own little retreat when life gets stressful.  The peaceful, corner lot of our bungalow is perfect sized for two people who don’t like cleaning endless hours of the day.  We love our home.  That we were granted a 2nd chance at owning one is incredible.  The fact that this home is larger than our previous one was just an added bonus.
  5. I am thankful for you.  Like every writer, I am thankful for my readers.  I’m not sure if I’ll ever be able to turn my hobby of writing into a career though I’d like to, but in the meantime, I am thankful and grateful that I am able to speak to people all over the world through my blogs and my books.  Wonderful people I may never meet but wish the best for, always.  You read my blogs, my FB insights, my endless advertisements, my moody rants and you interact and participate with me and I love it!   If it weren’t for you, my lovely readers, there’d be no reason to write, so here’s a big Thank You to you!



Strength in Chaos

* To all those who lost a loved one in the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, I wish you peace, love, and strength during this difficult time. *

When one part of the world experiences devastation and tragedy, it affects all of us, around the world, wherever we may be.  It is at times like this when we get to see the unity and force of humanity, something we don’t see very often but need: true strength, heroic deeds and collaboration.

Tragedy reminds us of who we are, what we stand for and that we are all one, struggling together to survive on a daily basis through this long endeavor we call Life. Strangers band together without judgment, out of the goodness of their heart with no strings attached.  Connections are formed or re-formed as part of the healing process.  If we can help our neighbor, this is the time we often do

Tough times re-affirm to us of what is truly important:  love and sharing this precious gift with others because you never know what might happen tomorrow.  Often from tragedy, we find strength we never knew we had.

… But we are strong and we can survive this.  You are not alone.  Be hopeful even when it’s easier to fall, keep on a steady course, even when your feet slip or stumble on the rocky road to healing and recovery.  We are right behind you, supporting you, and thinking of you.  We will hold you up even when you can’t.   As long as one person stands up, terrorism will not win and you have a world behind you.

Just a quick Thank You

Happy Veterans’ Day.

I am checking in with just a quick, short message to all the Veterans out there, active or retired.  I want to Thank You for your service and for my freedom.  As a female, I have watched documentaries and heard horror stories on how women are treated all over the world because their freedom and rights are limited or non-existent and it’s times like this that I am so thankful to be an American citizen and grateful to wonderful men and women like you who fight so that I may enjoy my freedom to do what ever I want and whatever I like every single day.

Thank you- because if it weren’t for dedicated, courageous men and women like you, our country would be very different.

Enjoy your day.  My wish for you is that you always be protected, loved, supported, and be blessed with everything you need.