20 Things I’m Thankful for
I have alot to be Thankful for, and I am of course very thankful for the things I always write about: My family, friends, our health, my kids, their health, and all the things I have in my life that complete me.I make an effort to be thankful for these things all year. But this year as I was thinking of the Thanksgiving holiday, a few more things came to mind. Here’s a list of 20 things I’m thankful for that often are taken for granted.
- My attitude: Having an attitude of the glass is always 1/2 full helps me face shortcomings with determination and see opportunities I would miss if I was feeling sorry for myself.
- Social Media: I’ve been able to reconnect with “lost” friends and loved ones AND meet people I would otherwise never know.
- My friendship with my sister: I’m so lucky to call her my best friend. I have friends who don’t speak to their sister, unimaginable to me!
- My true friends: A select close group who tell me straight up. No fog and mirrors, they see right through that and will call me out on a spur of the moment.
- People who inspire me: I love having a conversation and walking away feeling inspired.
- People who intrigue my mind: Nothing is worse than not being challenged.
- Frienemies: yes, even the worst of fake friends have taught me something! If nothing else, they force out the best in me to try to stay ahead of their next stab.
- Computers and networks: WOW! Life is so much easier and creativity is so simple now!
- A good bottle of wine: pure indulgence
- Mentors: These are people who have inspired, motivated, and even made me mad at times. But none the less, they have all brought something of value to my life and career.
- My childhood: my parents were awesome! they took part in everything we did. Hindsight is 20/20 I learned so much watching them.
- Our American Military: (need I say more) They have sacrificed the ultimate for our freedom. Without them I may not be able to write this….
- Smartphones: I can’t imagine how my mom kept it all together without an app to make it easy for her.
- People who told me No: If they had said yes all the time, I may not be as determined to find a way.
- College: I never really thought about much in school except memorizing the answers until I went to college. I remember the challenge of figuring it out and thinking it through for myself first being introduced to me in college.
- A good journalist: few and far between these days, in my opinion, but a really good journalist that tells the truth and pushes limits is indispensible.
- Seasons: Everytime I get bored and stale, the seasons change. With each new season is a new spirit, new traditions and new things to celebrate.
- My pets: unconditional love and an ear without saying a word.
- A good book: I use books to teach myself new things, escape or travel without ever leaving home.
- Memories: My life is a great big reflection of memories. Almost everything I encounter reminds me of someone or something. I have lost loved ones who I hold many memories of and those memories inspire, challenge, and bring me peace.