Today is the American Thanksgiving holiday. An official holiday since 1863, it hearkens back to the early American Colonists of 1621 who often held days of "thanksgiving" - days of feasting and prayer - generally after an event such as surviving drought or a military victory. It's a day set aside to count blessings and - for the religiously minded - give thanks to God.
Ask anyone about their list of what they are thankful for and you'll get common responses: family, friends, job, home. My list includes those as well plus other responses. I want to share one.
I'm thankful for heartache. It means I still have the capacity to love, to care, to believe that each 'next time' I behave differently and approach the relationship in a different manner. If there is no long lasting 'next time' then my heartache is a reminder that - for what it is worth - I truly loved someone. As it is sung in "Les Miserables" - To love another person is to see the face of God.
There are, of course, other things for which I am thankful. But for this year, this will suffice.
I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving.
PS: This is my 1,000th post!