What a beautiful sentiment for a holiday: giving thanks for all that you appreciate. For me, my friends and family take center stage. Despite my many moans and complaints on here, I must acknowledge that indeed, I do have more than my share of fun and quality relationships.
I have much to be grateful for:
- A wonderful mother, who taught me the importance of honesty, hard work, dependability, love, and kindness. She is everything a mother should be, and anything I know about conducting myself with grace, keeping love in my heart, and being open to what the world has to offer, I learned from her. She is the type of woman I aspire to be.
- A terrific father, who taught me the importance of humor, sensitivity, determination, flexibility, and patience. He is the model all men should follow, and I know how rare good dads are, so he gets extra kudos. His unending generosity and love gave me the support and confidence I needed to pursue my dreams and love myself for who I am.
- An inspiring brother, who is carving a wonderful life for himself out of the fallen tree that life placed in his path. His courage in following his dreams and working hard to make his goals become reality are encouraging to those of us just beginning to make our way without the security of an employer to tell us what to do.
- A marvelous sister, who makes every occasion a special one just by being present. Her brave decision to pursue her dreams for love – not money! – make her a tribute to her profession, and her kind, open personality and fabulous sense of humor make sure there is never a dull moment. She is always there when I need her, and I am so blessed to see her becoming the type of woman she wants to be.
- A splendid husband, who never fails to teach me the true meaning of love. His constant support, understanding, and affection shows me what it really means to put someone else before yourself, and I only hope that at some point in our marriage, I will be able to learn from his selflessness so that I can reciprocate his effortless devotion. He makes generous love seem so easy!
In addition to a wonderful immediate family, I am truly blessed to have excellent in-laws and two beautiful and sweet nieces, who I am busy missing and thinking of this Thanksgiving. Also, thanks can’t be complete without mentioning my sweet puppy, who always cheers me and who tolerates my dancing, no matter how bad it is.
And last but not least, a post on the Friends Forever Friendship Endeavor could not be complete without talking about the many friends I have been blessed to have in my life. They are people who have lifted me up when times were tough, pushed me forward when I wanted to stop or run away, challenged me to improve when I slipped into complacency, brought me goodies when I invited them over or bought me a beer when we went out together, calmed my fears when life was uncertain, and shared their joys, triumphs, fears, and failures with me, too. I hope that I have been half as good a friend to you as you have been to me. Even if we are apart now, spatially or emotionally, I want you to know that I treasure the friendship we shared, and that I will always appreciate the joy you brought to me.
I cannot thank God enough for all the blessings in my life. I hope that today and every day you can experience the same love and happiness that I feel as I write this.
Here’s a toast to a wonderful Thanksgiving Day, a day to give thanks!