Day 23: I am thankful for family, and the love and support they provide.
I have been fortunate in my life to have a huge family: four parents growing up (and now a fifth) that all loved and supported me in different ways, plus five siblings growing up (seven now) who were ready-made friends, playmates, and sources of entertainment. Numerous aunts and uncles, dozens of cousins, and the most wonderful grandparents in the world.
I am lucky to have all of them, and I love learning more about them as we get older and find new ways to communicate. And I am so pleased my daughter has similar family traits in her life, as well.
Thankful for the friends who speak to my heart. All live far away from me by varying degrees, but each one of them brings something special to the table. Some are going through losses or difficult times right now, and others are thriving. We can always count on each other to mourn, celebrate, and grow with each other. These people fill the places in my heart that aren’t already filled by family (and I have a huge family). They lift me, they hug me, they love me. I have amazing people in my life, and I am thankful for each and every one of them.
Day 21 I am thankful for the clients and people in my life who appreciate me. This sweet gift was given to each of the social media team members who were flown out for our annual planning meeting.
It is the little things in life that count!!
Day 19: I am thankful for my friends.
There are some “friends” who make noise about being a good friend, and there other friends who do the little things that matter. They take notice when something is wrong, they reach out via text/telephone/email/social media, they visit or make plans to meet up, they let me know when they’re happy as often as they let me know when they’re not.
I have some friends who have been a part of my life in some small or large way for many years – as far back as middle school (in England, no less!). I have others who I met in the last few years, who recognized something in me despite my being “gruff” or “plain spoken.” Some didn’t think they wanted to know me at all, and were thrown together with me by someone else. Others met my daughter and felt they needed to give me a chance, because if I could raise a beautiful young lady there MUST be some redeeming quality in my heart. Still others met and instantly took to me, despite my tendency to try to close myself off from others. These friends – no matter the reason they became my friend – have proven themselves time and time again as people who care and want to be a part of my life. I love them, and I am thankful for them. Without them, I would lose track of how good people really are in this world.
Day 18: I am thankful for technology.
Even as I worry about the imprint we leave on this Earth, I have to admit I am not “crunchy.” I certainly don’t think technology is a downfall of our society. Without the handy device I hold at this moment, I would have far less communication with family and friends. And since I was a military brat growing up, then a military member in my young adult life, I have many family and friends scattered worldwide. I love being able to see bits and pieces of their lives from their corners of the world. And as much as I would like to be a letter-writer, a phone-caller, or a person who travels often, I am not. And I come from a family who are not. We have good intentions but rarely follow through. And as a result, we lost many years of closeness. Having a device that fits in my pocket, but allows me to access the world is priceless to me.
My affair with technology stops not at the phone, television, or computer. It continues on to my fancy toaster oven that can handle simple toasting and complex roasting. It encompasses many devices I have used to access my favorite shows and movies – VCR (we still have one or two), DVD player, TiVo (oh – my love for TiVo!), and Roku. While I’d rather pick up a book ANY moment of ANY day, I cannot read books while I work. And since I work from home, I CAN watch TV shows or movies while I work.
Speaking of working from home – this wouldn’t be possible without technology. I am not required to report to an office to prove I am working. I no longer have to have a printer & fax machine to turn in signed documents. I no longer have to punch time clocks. Access to the latest in technology means I can sign documents easily with a computer program, I can email them to their recipient in just seconds, and my colleagues know when I’m online and working because they see my progress as it is happening.
Yes, I am very thankful for technology.
Day 17: I am thankful for Nature.
I look outside and see grass, trees, plants, sky (and neighboring homes). I sometimes see bunnies or squirrels or birds. I was driving down the road the other day and saw 3 deer in someone’s front lawn. AMAZING sight. Sadly, I know they were there because the homes were encroaching on their natural habitat. Hopefully, those folks also realize this, and allow the deer to graze rather than chasing them off.
I worry we’re taking up too much space as humans. Everyone feels the need to have their own home and land, but what does that leave for the natural habitat, the natives of this land? The animals and plants who have survived centuries on their own, without the need of “rescue” missions? I am thankful for Nature, and I hope we, as humans, find ways to make less of an impact individually because we’re only growing more numerous collectively.
Day 16: I am thankful to be here in support of my sister and brother-in-law.
I love that my sister & BIL take the time to be a married couple and go out on dates. And I especially love that I can be here for them, listening out for my sleeping nephew. It is wonderful to be a part of their lives, and to be trusted and loved and welcomed in their home.