On this last day of November, I am thankful for another passing year. I’m thankful for my family, friends, job, son, and so much more. I look back on where I was each year I made these posts either on my blog or on Facebook. So much has happened. We’ve suffered losses, but in doing so we gain strength. We grow, even if it means we are kicking and screaming while we do it. I truly hoped you enjoyed this thankful series.
Tomorrow begins a brand new series about mysticism and spirit animals. If you are interested in the paranormal, this will be right up your ally.
I am thankful for all of my readers and my followers. This post is devoted to you. You make my books come to life, and you encourage me to keep writing. Thank you so much for your support!
Here we are almost at the end of this little exercise. This month as gone by incredibly slow, but that’s alright.
Today I am thankful that I have managed to put things behind me. If I’ve already said this once, I’m going to say it again because I don’t think you can ever be too grateful for moving on.
I usually look at the “memories” on my Facebook page each morning. A pattern has emerged. I didn’t post much of anything in 2014. There is a reason for that. 2014 ranks #1 in “worst years” for me. I was checked out dealing with other things in my life and didn’t feel very thankful for much. Luckily, that year came and went and I got out alive. So, here I am after picking up all of the broken pieces. There are parts of me that will always be broken, but for the most part I have moved forward successfully. I’m thankful to be alive after such a horrible, trying year. I don’t want to ever lose sight of that because it reminds me how things could have happened if I would have given in and given up. Thank goodness for strength provided outside of myself because I surely didn’t have it within me at times. My son kept me alive and kept me focused. So, I’m not really sure how to categorize this “thankful” post. I guess you should read it and take away from it what you will.
I missed yesterday. Bad girl. Lol! So I want to play catch up. I am in bed typing this post from my phone. My husband is snoring beside me. Although I am not always thankful for his LOUD snoring, what would life look like without that? I know the answer.
When we split up I became aware of the deafening silence. I learned what things were like without him.
Today I am thankful for second chances. I’m not talking about marriage or relationships only. I’m talking about life. Chances are always there for the taking. All it takes is bravery.
Today I am thankful for the long holiday weekend. It was nice not to have schedules and commitments. I am back to work tomorrow. This is my final week at the community college before break. I still have another week at the university before break. My plan for December is to relax, but I also want to get some much needed cardio in. I need to work on some lesson plans while I am off. I am pretty excited about the spirit animal blog series for December also.
So until tomorrow, toodles.
Today I’m thankful for an open mind. Too many times I see people who close their thoughts to possibilities. They stereotype. They allow hate to drive them forward. I’m glad that I fight against that with my willingness to look at the perspective of someone else. The fact is that you don’t know what someone is going through; what battle they are fighting. Maybe a simple smile can make all the difference. If we strip away the skin and what makes us male and female, what do you have? We are all the same underneath all of that. We all bleed red. Our hearts beat. We breathe air. So, why should we perpetuate racism and bigotry? We shouldn’t. I work ever single day to teach students the importance of an open mind and true, unconditional acceptance. I strive for it myself. I hope I never lose sight of the importance of love and compassion.
I am thankful that all of our Christmas stuff is up (LOL). I know it doesn’t sound like much, but every other year my son has been gone for Thanksgiving. He hasn’t been with me the Friday after the holiday for the most part either. This is all due to custody issues. So I usually end up putting the Christmas decorations up by myself. Granted, my son has been home some of the time because I usually tried to wait on him, but I couldn’t always do that. Last night was the first time in 16 years we put up the Christmas decorations as a family on the evening of Thanksgiving. This included my parents and my husband. You’re probably confused as to why this matters. Let me explain a little further.
Every year since my son was two, I have had to share him; run him from here to there. Our holidays were always complete chaos. We were always on the road Christmas Eve because his father got him that day. He was always with me on Christmas. Then we were right back on the road the day after Christmas where he would spent over two weeks away from home. Remember, he’s a baby leaving his mother.
The aforementioned scenario was the routine until we moved back to Western Ohio in 2007. Then it was even worse. Because we were closer to the source, I gave him up more and more to keep peace and because I knew it would be good for my son to have a solid relationship with his father. That backfired when we moved away in 2010. I found myself back in court out of spite. This time the judge gave his dad every other Christmas. So, more running the roads, and this time I was without my son on one of the biggest holidays of the year. That has gone on since 2010.
In July the tide shifted. My son and my ex got into a major altercation. Since then my son has been in my care, which has been wonderful. This has been my son’s decision, not mine. He’s old enough to make his own choices and follow through with those choices. He has had some problems adjusting to the reality of the situation and what it means, but he is doing quite well despite it. His grades have never been better. He is happier. In fact, he and my husband are having a “guy day” helping some friends of our fix cars. This has been the best thing that could have happened to my son. With all of that being said, he is finally with me for Thanksgiving and for Christmas; no running the roads or worrying. By next Thanksgiving he will be working, so this holiday season means a great deal to me.
That’s the condensed version. So today I am thankful for blessings in disguise. I’m thankful for the hardship I’ve had to endure because the victory is so much sweeter. The time I have with my son is more appreciated than you could possibly imagine!
Today I am thankful for this most blessed of holidays. It reminds us what is important to us. We should exercise that throughout the year, but today is symbolic of that practice. I am grateful to spend this day with my loved ones. This is the first Thanksgiving I have had my son with me without having to worry about ever sharing him again. That in itself is a blessing. However, as wonderful as this day is, there are people that I miss; people that should be here. My aunts, other relatives, and my father-in-law. I didn’t think that last Thanksgiving would be the final one for my Aunt Evelyn or my father-in-law. It goes to show you that you have no idea what 365 days can bring to you. That’s why we need to drink up each day as if it’s our last, and hold on to the ones we love.
Tomorrow we will be celebrating our heritage. A day to offer up thanks for all that has been bestowed upon us throughout the entire year. My home, although it may just be bricks and beams, is much more than that to me. It’s my sanctuary and my safe place. I never thought I would own a home after losing the last one. It was renting after that. Once I found this place, I knew it was right. The woods that back up to my house are sacred. The land it sits on has significance. So, today I am thankful for the place I call home.
Today I am thankful for the ability to move forward. There are times in life when a person can question his/her purpose and whether or not all of the trials are worth the end result. There are situations I never thought I would make it through. I did. Yes, I have scars, and yes there is some damage, but all of that can be turned around and used for my benefit. Lessons were learned. Revelations were discovered. Growth occurred. The fact is that if you’re breathing that means you’re trying. Giving up is the easy thing to do. It’s fighting the good fight that’s hard, but that fight is what matters most.
Today I am thankful for incredibly understanding employers. I currently have the stomach flu. I can’t teach today, and because I’ve been sick since Saturday night, I’m anticipating that I may not be better tomorrow. Therefore, I can’t teach tomorrow. Whenever I have had to call off for other jobs, I was made to feel guilty. I have never been made to feel that way by the folks I currently work for. So, today I am thankful for respect.