Thursday, November 22, 2007

Reflections and Giving Thanks

I believe Thanksgiving is my most favorite holiday. For me, it reminds me to take time from all the business of Life, slow down, and really think about what's important in my life. When I take this time to reflect I find so many positive things to be grateful for.

-I have been married to the same man for 31 years. While we have our moments of frustration with each other as all married couples do, they are few and far between. I find I still miss him when he has to go out of town and look forward to spending more years with him. (Although I AM going on a cruise to Alaska if he wants to come or not!) The poor man got stuck with a "Fiber Person" and "Frustrated Farmer"...the are times he deserves a medal.

-I have a wonderful daughter and son-in-law. They compliment each other so well, each one compensating for the other's shortcomings and brightening each other, leaving room for growth without over-shadowing each other. It is a pleasure to watch them when they're together.

-My extended family are a great group of individuals! Whenever support is needed, they are there. I only wish I wasn't so far away from family. (My brother lives in New Jersey, cousins on Washington Island in Wisconsin, and there's the branch in New Zealand, too...)

-I have a nice house to live in, food to eat, and fairly good health (without counting the back surgery this year) arthritis, etc. not withstanding.

-And I have my four-footed friends. I love them all. They are always there when you really need a friend...even the sheep will come over, rest their head in my lap and look at me as if to say, "'The Dr. is: IN'...just talk, I'll listen." The cats have been there when others haven't keeping me company throughout the day. Even with cleaning cat boxes, barns, carpets from old cats with feeble bladders, furballs, foot trims, shearing and fence animals have added more to my life than they have taken.

-And friends. I count each friend as a Blessing. You can't pick your family, but friends can become more family than someone related by blood. And not only friends who live close whom I see often, but also friends far away whom I talk to over the computer, by phone or mail. I may not have many diamonds, rubies, and emeralds, but I have a life bejeweled by friends who add their own sparkle to my world.

In short, I have quite a bit to be thankful for. And I thank the Day for telling me to slow take stock and listen to all in my life that's good.

And may all of you reading this have a blessed Thanksgiving. I know mine is.


Leigh said...

What a great list of things to be thankful for. You're right, we do need to stop and reflect on our blessings. That's something I don't do often enough.

Tina T-P said...

Aww - I ditto what Leigh said. T.

Val said...

As you know we do not celebrate Thanksgiving Day in NZ but on reading this it makes me wish we did, because although we might moan at times we indeed have many things to be thankful for

shepherdchik said...

Happy Thanksgiving Kathy!