24 November 2011

Thanksgiving 2011

Today in America is the day our country stops to express thanks for the blessings or good things we have in our lives. Here's my short list of that for which I am thankful:

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!



Stan said...

You are truly blessed to have your own home and a good job you like and especially with health benefits. Trust me.

Wonder Man said...

nice list, have a Happy T-day

Nik_TheGreek said...

Happy Thanksgiving

Rosebud-Fetishist said...

I'm totally and fully with Stan: you are very blessed indeed to have all these things. Good for you! You deserve it and worked hard for it. Still, on a day like this I can't help thinking of the increasing number of people who have less and less of these things or none at all - not just here in the US, but in Europe, etc. as well - and I wonder what they'll be thinking, or be thankful for, on a day like this ... ... ?