Thanksgiving has been one of my favorite holidays for quite some time. Since I began trying to live mindfully of the people I love and things I do, I’ve found that gratitude for all parts of my life puts everything else in perspective. Suddenly, things that seem overwhelming or frightening become opportunities for growth and development. In that vein, here are some things I’m thankful for:
- Work. I have three jobs I love. They are immensely fulfilling and amazingly fun, pay my rent and allow me to live a rich and full life.
- Deadlines. Though writing challenges me to learn constantly, it also provides me with a solid alternate source of income. Though I have six deadlines coming up within the next week, they are proof that I’ve made an amazing amount of progress in my career. I can’t wait for the stress of this spell of deadlines to be over, but I’m more excited to see the results of this intense spell of writing.
- Friends. My friends are my support system. I’m doubly lucky that I count my coworkers as friends, so I’m able to spend time with my loved ones even when I’m at work. They’re amazing.
- Cooking. The Crockpot is my best friend. I’m able to make large batches of relatively healthy food…while I’m writing or bartending or elsewhere. Sharing food is a beautiful way to show love, and large quantities help with that tremendously.
- Family. Outside of my blood relatives, I have developed an amazingly loving family that accepts me totally and completely. Not only that, I have a kind and handsome man to share my life. I am deeply lucky to spend even the tiniest corners of time with my Adam, and can’t wait to see what the next years will bring.
What are you grateful for?