24.11.2015 | 13:56
I consider myself to be extraordinarily lucky.
Maybe I make my own luck, or maybe the Universe smiles on me.
Or maybe some of both….
I know for a lot of folks, Thanksgiving is all about food and feasting. (And continuing the alliteration, football and family fights or feuds….)
Well, I have a confession to make:
I don’t much like stuffing myself like the proverbial Thanksgiving turkey!
(Honestly? I don’t even care for turkey all that much….)
I’ve enjoyed more “non-traditional” Thanksgiving meals over the years than I can count.
And that suits me just fine.
This year, our parents are coming over to our place, and they’re not expecting — nor do they want! — a feast.
They just want to hang out with us, so we can give thanks together.
How cool is that?
(Which isn’t to say we won’t be paying some lip service to tradition: All of us want to try this awesome recipe from Laura Ricci.)
We might also have a slice of our own pumpkin sponge bread…or a different flavor, if we’re so inclined.
There won’t be any football either — Debra and I don’t even own a television. We might stream some festive holiday music though….
The point is, whether you have a feast or not is irrelevant.
You can if you want, if that’s part of what being thankful means to you.
You can even make your feast a healthy one. There are scads of recipes all over the Internet for healthy substitutions to meet anyone’s needs: meatless, gluten-free, low-glycemic….
I am grateful for the fact that I can spend time with my loved ones that doesn’t have to revolve around food.
But I am also grateful that we’re in agreement that, whatever food we share, it’s healthy for us.
No postprandial “food comas” here….
I am thankful that I live in a nice house, in a beautiful city, in a scenic location.
I am thankful to spend some time with my family, two-legged and four-legged.
I am thankful for an online community that celebrates my successes and sympathizes with my setbacks.
I am thankful for a circle of friends who nurture me, and also call me on my…stuff…when necessary.
I am also grateful that, compared to so many, I am blessed with extraordinary health and wealth. (No, I’m not rich, nor am I perfectly fit and healthy, but I’m far luckier than the world’s majority.)
I am grateful that my wants and needs are so few that I have no desire to partake in the annual insanity known as “Black Friday.”
My life isn’t “perfect” (whatever that even means) by any means.
But there are so many treasures in the imperfections, buried deeply perhaps, just waiting to be discovered.
It was through a confluence of those “imperfections,” after all, that I finally found my passion.
Finally found my “voice.”
I am extraordinarily grateful, every single damn day, that I have the opportunity to do what I do, in the hope that my experiences can — just maybe — help someone else.
I’m also grateful to the many mentors who’ve helped me find my way, who’ve guided me, along this path I’m walking.
I’m not going to list them all here. I think they know who they are.
I’m grateful to my family, without whose interactions with me — good, bad and everything in between — I wouldn’t be the person I am today.
I’m also grateful to that person — me! — who has faced so many challenges this year and still persevered — refusing to just throw in the towel and give up!
There are so many more things for which I am grateful, far too many to include in one article.
So I’ll end it here, in quiet gratitude to my Higher Power, the Universe, Spirit, my guardian angels….
For giving me the opportunity to live this glorious, crazy, magical life that I call mine.
To these I give the most thanks of all….
I wish you all a day — a season, a life — lived in deep and humble gratitude.