I have always said that Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I love that there's no gift giving tradition to leave us all in some variation of anxious and/or disappointed. I love that the food can be towards the healthy edge of the spectrum.
But most of all, I love a holiday that revolves around gratitude.
Let me now make a list of all the things for which I am most grateful in the past year:
--At my midlife point of losing friends and not just because they move to a new town, I am grateful for the family and friends who are still here.
--I am grateful that my family continues to enjoy spending time together. I had wondered if we might drift away from each other after the death of my grandmother, but we have not.
--I am grateful for the publishing successes of the past year, particularly my chapbook acceptance and my inclusion in this book that celebrates the Annunciation. But more than that, I am profoundly grateful for my various creative communities.
--I am grateful for my various jobs and volunteer work--how wonderful to be fed in so many ways.
--I am grateful that my spouse has returned to teaching and that he likes it.
Let me not get so lost in my luckiness that I forget to pray for those who can't be so grateful. Let me offer a prayer for this Thanksgiving holiday:
God of abundance, thank you for all the gifts that you have given us. Forgive us for the times we complain and forget to notice how much we have. Teach us to share. Kindle in us the fierce desire for a world where we will all have enough.
feeling the feelings…
6 months ago