I’m not very sentimental when it comes to dates. But I do appreciate the idea of the Thanksgiving holiday. Taking time to truly be grateful for everything that we do have is wonderful. Especially considering the year we’ve all been going through.

Here are the main things I am grateful for:

  1. My husband
  2. My kitty Chloe.img_2250
  3. My counselor Erin.
  4. My parents.
  5. My job.
  6. My home, with it’s running water (that gets hot whenever I like), electricity, indoor plumbing, appliances, big trees in the yard, furnace and air conditioning.
  7. My reliable car.
  8. My access to the internet, and the way I get to decide which parts of it I see (mostly).
  9. My working computer and smart phone.
  10. The freedom to spend my free time as I like.
  11. The freedom to vote.
  12. The freedom to be disappointed in my government.
  13. The freedom to read and write and watch what I like.
  14. The ability to buy the medications I need to function.
  15. The promise of a better future.

I try to be considerate and thoughtful of everything I have each and every day. Some days it’s hard to see the good in anything. But as many have said, we each get to decide how compassionate we are every single day. We can choose to be kind, to avoid confrontation while defending what is right, to be accepting and welcoming of everyone and everything without judgment. And we don’t have to wait for a holiday to be the best version of ourselves we can be.

We’re all in this together, and if we work together, there will be plenty for everyone. I hope that someday everyone is able to be grateful for all of the things I am grateful for today.