Posts Tagged ‘Thanksgiving’

I don’t know about you but this 4-day weekend was just what I needed. After a wonderful traditional dinner that Kirk and I shared, we kicked off the Christmas season by lighting our tree and enjoying the last of the holiday’s football games. And I knew that I could sleep in the next morning and had absolutely nothing that I needed to do for the next 3 days.

Now don’t get me wrong. Having 3 days with nothing that I had to do didn’t mean that I didn’t accomplish anything. But I spent the time sharing it with Kirk and having lots of fun. I shopped online for Christmas gifts and I found a few things for myself. I watched football and some holiday movies. And somewhere along the way, I found the holiday spirit.

For 4 days, I did not think about the economy nor did I watch the news channels non-stop to make sure I knew what was going on. I didn’t think about work and everything that I would have to do when I returned on Monday. I proceeded through my days with a mindset that I haven’t had for some time now. I let go of the past and stayed in the moment and laughed and smiled and enjoyed each moment. And although it takes a lot of work, I am going to remain in the present and have all of the fun moments that I can possibly make.

Having had this time off has helped me to put things into perspective. I think that I am going to set aside a couple more of these 4-day breaks throughout the year for rest and revitalization and playing. It is so refreshing and invigorating. I need more fun and less seriousness. After all, life is whatever we choose to make of it. It is time to go back to being the person that I used to be with lots of smiles for everyone and tons of laughter to fill my days.

And if I remember correctly, a ton of light-hearted, predictable Christmas movies thrown together into marvelous marathons will just do the trick. And each day I will try to think of something that would be very special for one person on my gift list so that by the time the holiday arrives, I won’t have any last minute stresses. This year I do intend to make it a matter of “it’s the thought that counts”. And if I do get into this habit during the holiday season, I think that will make it easier to continue it long after the last Christmas decoration has been tucked away for another year.


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It’s my favorite day of the year. I love everything about this day – not only all of the traditions that we have created in our family but mostly because of what it stands for.

I think that I am the most grateful person in the world today. Since last year, the cancer returned but is now gone and everything is looking very promising for the future. I had wonderful doctors to help me along the way and am so very happy to have my life.

I am so very grateful for the most wonderful spouse ever. I don’t know what I would have done without him in facing all of the hard times but he was there every second of the time. That is not surprising because he has always been right by my side during the hard time and he makes the good times totally remarkable and fun. There is nothing more important to me.

I have a job that I really enjoy and the promise for the future looks good there also. It is so great to join a group of people each day that support each other and help each other and laugh together. For this opportunity, I am ever so happy.

We have two autos that are working well. One is a company car for Kirk. Our second car which was 20 years old and in pretty bad condition was recently replaced by a used car that we were able to obtain in a most incredible deal under terms that we could afford – and we did not have to deal with a single car sales person. How would I not be thankful for that!

We have everything that we need to make a wonderful life together and that is most important. We don’t need fancy things nor the biggest and best of everything but we have exactly what we need which is trust and understanding and most of all, love.

So on Thursday as I prepare our traditional dinner and we sit down to share not only the food but also all of the things for which we are thankful, I will have the longest list of all. I will reflect on the past year and be appreciative for all of my good fortunes. And I will also know that in the coming year I will be grateful and thankful for each and every day of this life that I am given. And as long as I feel such happiness inside for everything that I have, how could I want for anything more?

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