As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, I thought I would honor one of my family’s traditions and express my thankfulness. I am thankful. Not in a “thank the Almighty” sort of way. Rather in an “I appreciate and am grateful” sort of way. Don’t get me wrong, I completely support a person’s right to thank a higher power for something in their lives, I just choose be appreciative of the good things in my life without feeling that these good things were “bestowed upon me” by an all-knowing supreme being. All that being said… I am grateful.
I am grateful for my children. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again. My three offspring are the very best things in my life. I can’t imagine my life without them. Yes, there have been some conflicts, some struggles, and some differences of opinions. However, even with all of those, the good far outweighs any bad. The beautiful far outshines the rough spots.
I am grateful for my freedom. I live in a country where I have the freedom to type out anything my heart desires in this little blog. I have freedom of speech, even if no one agrees with my words. I have the freedom to choose where and when I will work. I can attain any goal I set for myself, with no constraints other than those I inflict on myself. I have the freedom to believe, or not believe, in any supreme being I choose. I. Am. Free.
I am grateful for the men and women who have sacrificed so that I can have the above stated freedom. To the mothers and fathers who have lost their precious children, the wives and husbands who have lost their spouse, the brothers and sisters who have lost their sibling, the children who will never know their parent, to the aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, lovers… And of course to the soldiers who have sacrificed a part of themselves, or even the whole of themselves…. To those, I say “Thank You!”
I am grateful for my family. My children, my husband, my sisters, my mother, my brother, all of my in-laws and out-laws, my nieces, nephews, etc. They have all touched my heart in one way or another, and they have enriched my world. I am so lucky to have all of them in my life.