Friday, 25 November 2011

Thankful, Blessed & Grateful

I have been aware that today (well, tomorrow my time) is Thanksgiving Day in the US.  Generally speaking I am quite reluctant to take on the customs and traditions of other cultures because they belong to ... well... others.  There are definitely things we can enjoy about the ways of others but we don't necessarily have to take them on as our own, if that makes sense.

Thanksgiving Day is one of the few celebrations from another culture that is appealing to me.  I think we would all do well to set aside time in our busy lives to focus on the blessings in our lives and I love that Americans have set aside that time.  They are indeed a blessed bunch to have that opportunity.  If I ever had reason to be living in the US I know this is something I would look forward to!  Given that I can do is take a moment on my day off I thought I'd post a list of things I am grateful for here:
  • A magnificent, patient, funny husband.
  • The most amazing children.
  • A home in a beautiful little corner of the world.
  • A job I adore working with people I admire.
  • Friends who bless me in unimaginably precious ways.
  • Extended family who bless us in their own ways.
  • Generational and personal faith.  Perhaps that should go first!
  • The opportunity to study in a way that works with my family and work.
  • Needs that are always met.
  • Having experienced a Colorado Springs summer with no flies (as I chase blowies around the house with fly spray!)
I'm pretty sure that's a really, really short list compared to what I would come up with if I spent more time.  But as I look at that list I find that the blessings to celebrate are more significant than the trials to work through, and let me tell you there are trials that are challenging.

What are you thankful, blessed and grateful for?

1 comment:

Left-Handed Housewife said...

I'm thankful for friends and family most of all. I'm also thankful for good health and a job I love going to every day. :)

Is there an Australian holiday you think we'd do well to adopt here in the U.S.?