This Year, I’m Thankful For …


My job, in this shaky economy. My house, when others are losing theirs. My boyfriend, who loves me through thick and thin. My family, who lives close by and supports me in all I do. My freedom, to write and think as I please. My cats, who saved me more than I saved them. My washer and dryer (because I’ve lived without these before, and it sucked!). My friends, who always know how to lift my spirits. My boyfriend’s mother, who appreciates me for who I am. Chocolate, because sometimes you just need some. Coffee, to wake me up each morning. My health, because you never know how long you’ll have it. ZUMBA!–because it’s self-explanatory. My car, to take me where I need to go. Food, because not everyone can afford it. My bed, to keep me warm at night. A garage, because carrying groceries up three flights of stairs is exhausting! My life, because not everyone has theirs.

Today is Thanksgiving in America, and I decided to take a break from my usual posts.

I have many things to be thankful for. No, life isn’t perfect. But when I pause to think of all the blessings, I immediately feel much better–and the challenges suddenly seem easier to overcome.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

AND TELL ME: Regardless of the obstacles you’re facing, what are you thankful for this year? No matter how large or small?

16 thoughts on “This Year, I’m Thankful For …

  1. This year I am thankful for my loving family which includes all of my animals. I am most thankful for my loving girl friend who didn’t complain one bit when I asked her to drive me to the hospital at 4:30am so I could get emergency treatment for a stomach virus that was killing me.

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  2. Thankful that the mabthera is working, thankful to be able to testify to a neighbor about God’s greatness and walk arm in arm with her around the community to ease her depression, thankful to view the golden leaves that spot the November ground…it as if I walk on holy ground… thankful that I can push through slight discomfort and comb my afro, thankful that I can forgive those who have caused me pain and move on..thankful for hot chocolate, chrysanthemums in November. Christmas lights, and pecan pie…..Thank you Shari for causing me to reflect!

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  3. Happy Thanksgiving, Shari. You’re right about the washer and dryer and many people not having food: appreciating everyday blessings is important. Our power went out for three days earlier this month. It made me realize 1.) I’m thankful to be living here and now, and 2.) Electricity is a benefit.

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  4. I am thankful for my two beautiful and talented daughters. Everytime I look at them I think…WOW>>>>I really did something right in this life!!! They are the most important part of my life so I am thankful that they are both only a short drive away. Not all of my friends have that same luxury. HappyThanksgiving Shari and Becca. My two greatest productions!!!!

    Love Mom

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  5. Happy Thanksgiving, Shari! I’m grateful for many things. But I’m so thankful to have met such wonderful friends through blogging this year! Thanks for being a part of it.

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    1. Happy Thanksgiving Leah! And you are sooo sweet! I am very grateful to have met you too, as well as the wonderful, supportive writing community I’ve met via Twitter and blogging. You guys are so great!

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    1. Thank you, Rita! And my deepest, deepest condolences to you and yours. I can only imagine how difficult it must be to lose someone so close, who you loved so much, and spent such a great portion of your life with. I bet those years you spent with your husband were some of the best. 🙂

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