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Friday, November 25, 2016

Thankful for Everything, Everyday

Thanksgiving is a beautiful time of the year. Fall is in full effect (unless you're from the south--the leaves are changing but every other day is 70 degrees). Families are getting together. It's socially acceptable to eat until your pants need to be unbuttoned.

It's bewildering to me that only once a year, we truly accept all that we have to be thankful for and we say it out loud.

Last night after dinner, my grandmother asked us what we were all thankful for. As always, kind words and sentiments were expressed.

Why don't we do this more often? We're not blessed only once a year. We're blessed for a lifetime.
I am thankful to be surrounded by loved ones and to have my belly/wine glass full. The things we often expect are luxuries others never get to experience. Think of those who were unable to make it home for the holidays, or perhaps they do not have a place to call home. Those who are thankful to have a warm meal, even though it's not the dinner buffet we're used to having on Thanksgiving.

Sometimes, we let the little things go unnoticed. I spent my Thanksgiving with my mother, grandmother, and brother along with other important family members and friends. What about those who have lost family members and are simply wishing they could spend one last Thanksgiving together?

While I am against Black Friday shopping, I do not judge people who participate--it can often be a family activity for others. I look forward to spending the day with my family, cooking breakfast and simply chatting, planning a day full of activities before we all return to our second homes. I will cherish these days when we're all together, for they will not last forever. Though I often wish they would.

Today and everyday, I'm thankful for all blessings I have been given. I'm thankful to love and to be loved. For every gift, no matter how small, I've been given, is truly a blessing in itself.

Today and everyday, hug your loved ones very tightly and tell them what you are thankful for. Especially them. After all, you're not sure when it may be your last day together.

Happy holidays to all and may you have had a very special day.

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