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Thanksgiving Gratitude

Turkey figurine. Taken 11/23/11.

Take 11/23/2011 with the Toy Camera feature on my new Canon A 3300 IS.

Happy Thanksgiving, fellow U.S. dwellers! (Everyone else, I hope you had or are having a nice day.)

I feel off-kilter at the moment because my family isn’t celebrating until tomorrow due to the work schedules of some of us.  That said, to preserve the day as it was intended when it became a national holiday, I’m taking a few minutes to be publicly grateful.

I am strangely grateful to my most recent job for putting my back against the wall on a (nearly) daily basis, thereby forcing me to locate my metaphorical backbone and put it to use.  Also, it is pushing me to my edge in mindfulness and compassion practice, making me face my shadow, and acting as a catalyst for further clarifying what I truly want to do with my life, little by little.  It’s not pleasant, but sometimes the teachings we need aren’t.

I am grateful for family and friends, and for my co-workers-who-have-become-friends, without whom my life would feel empty.

I am grateful to have a warm home, a “just right” bed to sleep in, and that all my other basic needs met.

I am grateful for every beautiful and/or interesting thing I capture with my camera, for the power in all the arts, and that the arts persist, that people still hear the call to create and make those creations available.

There are so many things I am grateful for, this is just a taste.

Now, time to get offline and sink into the restfulness afforded by a long weekend, something else for which I’m grateful!

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Thanksgiving Gratitude

Here it is…Thanksgiving again.

For me, this day is not so much about the original Thanksgiving as it is about taking time out to think about what I’m most grateful for in the past year.

What I’m grateful for this year, in no particular order:

  • I am alive.  
  • I am reasonably sane.  (Is anyone completely sane?  Haha.)
  • I have the necessities for life: food, clothing, shelter, clean water to drink.  I also have quite a few luxuries, like the laptop I’m typing this on.
  • I have found something I am good at and really passionate about that is, for me, a spiritual practice: nature photography.   When I am photographing Mother Nature, it’s like I’m just lost in it, in Her beauty and in the stillness.  I’m in a zone where nothing will distract me or dampen my mood.
  • Along with that passion, I am grateful for the natural beauty I’ve been lucky enough to photograph, for being able to just get out in it, and being lucky enough to do it at a time that showed it at its best.
  • I am glad I bought my new camera (Canon PowerShot A 1100 IS), and that I had the money to purchase it.
  • I am grateful for my friends, both “real life” friends and the friends I’ve made through blogging.
  • I am grateful for my family.
  • I am grateful our ancestors millennia ago figured out how to make music, as well as the talented musicians who keep it alive in all its forms today.  It is, without a single doubt, food for the soul. 
  • Books, books, and more books.  The publishing industry is still afloat!  Yay!  Books hide treasures, pearls of wisdom and other worlds between their covers!  They’re magical.
  • I am grateful for the talented artists of all stripes–painters, sculptors, mixed-media artists, writers, musicians, poets, photographers, actors, filmmakers, et al.–who let their lights shine in the world, as it gives me hope that I may someday be one of them.  Just the possibility is enough to be grateful for.
  • I am grateful that yoga came into being and that it survived, and, not only survived, but is alive and well today.  It has and does make such a difference in my life. 
  • I am grateful for the freedom to be the “captain of my soul,” as I remind myself that some people aren’t permitted to be the captains of their own souls, at least not openly.
  • I am grateful for the opportunities I’ve been given to grow as a person, even though they’re frequently uncomfortable and scary.  I’ll forever be better off for having learned and grown.
  • I am grateful for the NaNoWriMo experience, even though I know I’m not going to get to 50,000 words.  I have written more words of fiction this month than I have in a very, very long time.  It’s restored my hope that one day I will write a novel, and it might even be a good one.
  • The sky was gorgeous about a half hour before sunset today.  In fact, it is frequently gorgeous.
  • I am grateful for the one year and six days of blogging in a more public venue than I had previously, this blog, though posts have been scarce as of late.  (I hope to soon change that.)  It has definitely enriched my life, in some ways I’m sure I haven’t even quite realized yet.  Thank you to all who read, whether or not you comment.

If I gave myself enough time to think, this list could go on infinitely.  Ask me tomorrow, and I’d produce an entirely different list.  That is as it should be.

Sometimes, I momentarily forget the good things in my life.  Sometimes I forget them for days.  But, when I look for them, I find them.  I hope I can remember to look more often.

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