Don’t let the cynic gods tempt you: gratitude is never passé or cliché. In fact, it might be the very thing that carries me through some days when I am TOTALLY OVERWHELMED by how beautiful my son is, and how encouraging my husband is, and how hopeful I am for humanity, and yet how BRUTAL and VIOLENT and HATEFUL this world is. Such a paradox that I will never be able to fully comprehend, I’m sure. And the only semblance of order I can bring to this absurd reality is to be thankful for what is good, and work and pray hard to change the bad.
That being said, I’ll join the chorus of many others this Thanksgiving week to list – in no particular order – things for which I am grateful. This isn’t a comprehensive list – really just a stream of conscious. But you know I can’t avoid an opportunity for alliteration, and in light of last month’s birthday, here’s my Thankful Thirty-Two.
- Phil, my overwhelmingly affectionate dog, who usually resembles a Muppet, but currently resembles a black lamb on account of a recent haircut.
- Eamon’s ready smile.
- The United States Postal Service.
- My 10-year-old neighbor who loves Phil more than life itself and SCREECHES with joy anytime our paths cross on the sidewalk.
- A flexible work schedule.
- Our house and all it’s 100-year-old character.
- A healthy body.
- A healthy baby.
- A job at an organization whose mission I believe in.
- Our car.
- Our neighborhood grocery co-op.
- La Croix.
- My sewing machine.
- My other neighbor who ogles over Eamon’s cuteness like it’s her job.
- Christmas carols.
- A group of friends who live close by in our neighborhood.
- Starbucks giftcards.
- My winter coat – seriously my favorite winter wardrobe item and definitely my most valuable (read: expensive!).
- My faith tradition, with so many hopeful and peace-making work in spite of the cacophony of hate and darkness.
- Thanksgiving dinner and all its gastronomic glory.
- My husband’s job, which we’ve referred to as his “dream job” more than once, and I don’t ever want to take that for granted.
- The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – and that I’ll actually get to watch it this year!
- A few days away from the office and housework.
- A low-key December (dare I say, relaxing?) on the horizon.
- A supportive boss.
- My book club.
- The enthusiasm, encouragement, and creativity of my friends.
- Our volleyball league, our last-place ranking notwithstanding.
- Kyle’s sense of humor.
- A new haircut.
- A safe place to live and work.
(I’ve done this “thankful list” before – and I found it encouraging and a bit humorous to go back and read lists from years past. I definitely notice some themes!)
Wishing you a holiday filled with many things for which to be grateful.