If you use Facebook or Twitter, you may have seen people posting one thing they’re thankful for, every day this November. I think this is a wonderful, introspective way to spend the month leading up to Thanksgiving. So often, we find ourselves griping about everything from the way our country runs its politics to how other drivers use the road to the weather, our coworkers, our spouses, you name it. This November, I want to take some time to step back and look at all I have to be thankful for.
So here, in no particular order, are the 16 things I’m thankful for, so far, this November.
1. Hot apple cider with a cinnamon stick, preferably by a roaring fire.
2. My wonderful family, who has supported me through thick and thin and without whose love, I’d be lost.
3. Sweater weather, that lets me cozy up in my favorite knits.
4. The way the parking lot behind Main Street smells like french fries, some evenings. It’s deliciously tempting.
5. My job, which lets me do what I love, all day, every day. (And sometimes, all night, too!)
6. Being born in a country that allows me the freedom to say what I want, within reason, practice any religion I choose and go to school and work, unimpeded.
7. The ability to pick up the phone or log on to the Internet to connect with friends, across the world, instantly. It still feels like magic.
8. The fact that I have a warm bed and roof over my head, every day.
9. Snowflakes falling on my jacket that still retain their perfect, individual shape. (Even if they do feel a little early).
10. My beautiful commute to work, every morning. Whether they’re covered in fall foliage or winter snow, the rolling hills always make me grateful to be driving into such a beautiful place.
11. My health and safety, which I so often take for granted.
12. Chocolate. Just chocolate.
13. The Journal readers who send me emails, letters and phone calls to tell us how we’re doing and what’s going on, in the community. Every day is different and never, ever boring.
So, what are you thankful for, this season?
I’d like to challenge everyone to take a second, every day, to think about the myriad of ways we’re lucky to be who we are, where we are, in every way that we are. Tis the season for thanks. And I’m thankful for that, too.