Thanksgiving here in the US means a lot of different things to different people. I think that all of us need to sit back and take in one of the meanings: a time to reflect and be thankful. Sure, there’s a lot out there that seems totally awful, from barrel bombs filled with chlorine killing little kids in Syria to police under large corporation control soaking people trying to protect their water on a freezing night. Sometimes we are angry or sad, but every so often we do need to sit back and think about what we have. So today I will participate in the “Full Grown Nerd’s” (Ms. Emily) “Three Things Thursday” thankfulness linkup.
Obviously there is family. As I’ve said often in the last week, I had a good visit with my brother this weekend. I just got off the phone with my parents and will most likely talk to them again later in the day. I’ll also talk to my sisters this afternoon. I have a pretty good relationship to my family, even if I don’t see them often. I know a lot of people whose relationship to their siblings and/or parents is very dysfunctional. That is something to be thankful for.
Another one is health. I am very rarely sick, so I often take my health for granted. This week I had a bit of a misstep. OK, I feel off of a cliff and bounced my way to the bottom. I have a lot of cuts and bruises and some swelling, but nothing serious. I was able to enjoy the rest of the hike (about an hour) without issues and drive the two hours home. But it does make me think how lucky I am, not just on this fall, but in my life in general. So my health is another thing to be grateful for.
I have to admit that I have a lot of nice things. I try not to talk about them much because so many that I know have a hard time putting food on the table. I have worked hard for these things, but so do those people I’m talking about. I can easily live without many of these things, but I’ve become a little spoiled. Today when I have my Thanksgiving dinner (not turkey – I get very sick off of turkey) I will have to think about friends, family members, acquaintances and even strangers, that can’t count on having healthy food to eat every day. So I am thankful that I have the resources to be able to eat healthy every day and still have enough left over for these other things. (Yes, I have lived off of peanut butter and Ramen Noodles, so I can at least slightly understand how lucky I am.)
As a bonus fourth thing, which you might guess by looking at these photos,I am thankful to be surrounded by natural splendor and have the ability to appreciate it.