Most years, during Thanksgiving dinner, the members of my family go around the dinner table and express what we are grateful for that year. It’s kind of corny, for sure, but it’s also nice to be reminded of our blessings when so often, we are more concerned with the bad things in our life and what we don’t have.
In the past, I have also written a blog post outlining the things I am grateful for. See my earlier blog posts here:
Although it looks like I skipped 2012 for some reason, I have written a new list for 2013. Some of the items are the same as in years past because I will always be grateful for my family, friends, etc.
Without further ado, here are some of the things for which I am most grateful this Thanksgiving. This list is not at all exhaustive.
Computer savvy friends who help me set up my new electronics!
Close connections in law to help review and draft contracts.
My family for unconditional love and support.
Advancements in finding cures for cancers like Leukemia, the scientists/medical professionals who devote their lives to these cures, and the people who donate money towards them.
My strong legs and love of running to help clear my head and keep me in shape.
Writing—for so many reasons—because it is an escape from “real life” issues, because it allows me to create and live vicariously through fictional worlds, because some people say I’m pretty good at it and compliments make me smile, because the more books I write, the more money I am making and the closer I am getting to my goal of writing full time!
My friends – to have fun with, to make me laugh, to cheer me up when I’m sad, to laugh at me when I do or say something stupid, to laugh at when they do or say something stupid, to buy my books, to turn to for advice and to feel needed when asked for advice and guidance in return and to remind me that I’m not alone.
My writer/blogger friends – It is so nice to have friends who completely understand the way I feel about books— writing them and reading them. I am happy to know other people who spend half of their day checking sales rankings and stalking their own reviews!
Men – Even I need to stop talking about books every so often and when I do, I’m thinking about men. The cute ones, the smart ones, the famous ones I will never meet, the clingy ones, the ones who have made me feel wonderful, the ones who made me cry, the douchy ones, the ones who got away, the ones I haven’t met yet. MEN. Can’t live with ‘em; can’t live without ‘em!
Good health – I am truly thankful for another year of being in good health and for the continued good health of my family members. I think good health is something we often take for granted when we’re caught up worrying about finances, relationship issues, bad reviews etc, but I have learned this year that things can change pretty quickly and one thing that should always be cherished is good health. (Side note: I am currently losing a battle against a stubborn head cold and I really, really want to feel healthy right now so I can eat a huge Thanksgiving dinner later 🙁 )
Finally, I am grateful for being a true optimist and always managing to be hopeful, to find good in the bad and to learn from my mistakes. Although I do engage in pity parties from time to time, I have so far always managed to shake off the negativity and keep on keeping on. I hope to always be able to find the light in my darker days.