Happy Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is not only a holiday we celebrate but also way of life to be chosen. A decision every day to see the fullness of our lives instead of the emptiness. A path of joy as we choose gratefulness for family, friends, opportunities, experiences, and stuff. A constant giving thanks for a God who blesses us not only with Himself but with all we need.
I thought maybe I should start the day cooking. I didn’t. I started the day sitting on the couch chatting with my husband, the same way we start most days. Now I’m enjoying a gourmet coffee with people I care about. A moment to reflect instead of rushing into the day and the busyness that will come. I am so thankful for this time.
People top my “thankful” list. My husband who is a steady rock and strong support. My sons who are amazing people. Parents who loved me well and invested much in who I am today. Extended family who remains close despite geographical distance and time between visits. Friends who stand with me and allow me to join them in their lives. Co-workers who help me learn, grow, and become a better person. And the crazy number of people who have impacted me through music, writing, and art. People make life meaningful.
Opportunities are the second thing I often ponder with thankfulness. As I think back on life thus far, the number of opportunities I’ve had are amazing. Opportunities to meet people and do things, opportunities to invest in people and communities. Opportunities to learn and grow. Opportunities are often doors that are slightly ajar, things that open only when you push on them. The awesome thing about opportunity is that you really don’t know what’s there til you push on it a bit. Opportunities keep life interesting.
Experiences are also in my top three– things I’ve been privileged to do, usually with people I care about. Living in different cultures and experiencing different ways of celebrating holidays, doing life, and prioritizing things. Swimming in the Orinoco River, navigating waterfalls, visiting beaches on two oceans, tasting interesting food in many countries, and working with a myriad of people. Experiences have kept my life rich.
While there are many more things I’m thankful for, I’ll leave it with the top three and head to the kitchen!