This Country. Despite the societal and economic problems, it still is a country based on freedom and liberty. The grass is not greener on the other side of the border/fence. We are basically a free people.
My Family. Despite the occasional disagreements and lack of understanding for each other's personal characteristics and lifestyle, they love me and I love them. I personally am lucky that I can go "home" and feel the warmth of familial relationships.
Winston. I can't lump him with family because he is my own family. I often sit in wonder that I allow this animal to roam through the house and basically "run" my life. But his love is unconditional and - as much of a cliche as it may sound - my house is a Home because of him.
My Friends. They support me, love me, and give me the strength to be a better person. They include people from the theater, work, school, the social world, and definitely this blog-o-sphere. Especially the blog-o-sphere. Although I have never met many of you, you are all very special and I thank you for being a part of my life.
My Job. I enjoy my job and I work with a good group of people. It's true there are times when it can be frustrating and filled with stress but I am compensated for the work I perform. I have a great benefits package which, as I can attest to recently, has really been a blessing.
My House. Just a few days ago was the 10th anniversary of the day I moved in. I still cannot believe that this is mine. There's always something to fix or improve and that can be stressful and full of money worries. But this is the place I can call my own. I was able to purchase this home on my own, without financial help, and for that I am thankful and proud.
My Best Bear Friend. Yes, he's miles away and I don't get to see him or hang out with him as often as I would like. But he's very special to me and I am thankful he is in my life.
So there you have it, the short list. There are many other blessings I could name but these are the top seven (a lucky number!). If you spend the day with biological family, adopted family, friends, or that special loved one, take a moment to ponder those things for which you are thankful.
Don't forget the cranberry sauce!