It’s been a roller coaster of a few months for me. Let’s be honest, these past few months my life has take a turn on its head. I started and successfully ran/run a Quidditch League. I decided to open a bakery. I’ve sat for state health exams, decorating classes, and business law courses. I’ve gain new friends, and lost old ones. I’ve started not one, but two blogs, and have sold several hundreds of dollars of baked goods. I’m evolving.
Through these ups and downs of the past few months, though, it’s easy for me to lose sight of all that I do have. Sometimes it’s easier to sit and sulk about what I don’t have, starting with a million dollars and ending with a better nail file (seriously, am I destined to always purchase crappy nail files??) I think that’s the whole “American Dream” curse, where I look at all the things others around me have, and forget to be thankful what I do have. Am I rich, and debt free, and working my dream job, and married to Kris Letang, and the mother of 12 Asian babies? No, I’m not. And sometimes it’s easy to look at that and say, enough, my life sucks, and give up. But that’s not fair. It’s not right. And today, of all days, it’s not something I want to do.
Instead, I sit here tonight thankful for all I do have. I could make a list, but I’m sure you’ve heard most of it, friends, family, health, etc. I’m thankful I have the chance to voice my thankfulness in a blog that so many of you, for reasons unknown to me, still want to read. I’m thankful that tomorrow I will spend Thanksgiving Day with some of my family and friends who are as near and dear to me as family. I’m thankful that I have the opportunity to give thanks.
This blog has been about me growing, about me learning more about myself. Over these past 5 months, I have learned a lot about myself. I’ve learned I like to be crazy, and sometimes I blurt out the first thing that comes to my mind. I’ve learned I’m stronger than I give myself credit for, and am bound and determined to meet goals that I set for myself. I’ve learned to let my hair down, kick off my shoes, relax, and simply be me.
One of my favorite Bible verses that I had to memorize when I was young is Psalm 107:1 — Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, His love endures forever. (How many of you are signing that song right now? Giiiiiiive thaaaaaaaaaaaaanks, give thaaaaaaaaaaanks) Today I give thanks not only to Him, but to the blessings He has bestowed upon me, the big ones I think about every day, down to the littlest of blessing I probably don’t even notice. Maybe that nail file is simply a blessing in disguise. Positive spin!!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Blessings and safe travels for you and your families. Take a minute this weekend, during the holiday madness, and think about the smallest blessing you have in your life. Be thankful even for that!