With chaos brewing in the world around us, one might not think there is much to be thankful. Well, I disagree. I have much to be thankful.
I am thankful for the Ole Miss Rebels being ranked (if only by the AP) just in time for Thanksgiving.
I am thankful for TIVO, Diet Coke, my Blackberry, and my digital camera. I am thankful for book club, Momma’s homemade dressing, and hour-long telephone conversations with my best friend, Heather.
I am thankful for a comfortable home to gather with friends, relax with a good book, or leave the busy world behind if just for a moment.
I am thankful for living in a community of helpful neighbors and God-fearing individuals.
I am thankful for going to work every day, and I am thankful my profession is one I love. A good friend once told me that if you love your job, you will never work a day in your life. He was right.
I am thankful of having plenty of food to eat, clothes to wear, and the little luxuries that make life sweet.
I am thankful for happy childhood memories. I am not in therapy, and I do not blame my parents for all of my failures and short comings. My childhood might not have been perfect, but I wouldn’t change one moment.
I am thankful to all those who are gone but not forgotten. It is they who have shaped my life in every way.
I am thankful for my healthy, highly involved parents. Regardless of my age, I will always be their baby girl, and despite my independent streak, it is reassuring to have their guidance.
I am thankful for my sisters. Growing up, we bickered and sparred and fought, but no matter what, we have always been there for each other. They were my first friends, and as an adult, they are my best friends.
I am thankful for my significant other, Keith. He has always been supportive of my ambitions and my dreams. He allows me to be everything I dreamed.
I am thankful for friends. They have shared my tears, my joys, and my triumphs. They have also shared the blame.
I am thankful for the joy my four critters display when I return home each night.
In other words, I am thankful to be loved.
I am thankful for being an American and enjoying the liberties this country guarantees. And to those men and women in uniform who protect that freedom every day, my appreciation cannot be measured.
I am thankful for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice on the battlefield, and to the vision of our forefathers that built this great country.
I am thankful for prayer and faith and hope for the future.
Cicero said, “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.”
This Thanksgiving, reflect and give thanks for what is important to you– no matter how small. Count them, and you will realize just how blessed you really are.