Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!  I realize I am posting a little late in the day, but yours truly was cookin' most of the day, and stuffin' my face the rest of the time!  I actually did very well.  I did not over eat, tempting though it was.  I figure there was no sense in throwing away a few weeks of hard work – portion control is a bitch, but it has me back under 150, so I will stick to it.  🙂

Anyway, I have to do the obligatory, "What are you thankful for?" post, right?  Right.  I have the usual things to be thankful for of course: my health, family and friends, yadda yadda yadda…  But what I am most thankful for this year is the ability to look around and find plenty of things to be thankful for while temporarily suspending all desire to point out the things I do not have.  I'm not going to lie and say I don't notice that we still haven't replaced our roof, or that it's a breeze to be a single car family, or even that it's not a pain in the ass trying to re-vamp the budget yet again because our utility rates increased.  Of course I notice those things, and they make me uncomfortable, and sometimes, unhappy.  But you I find that while it is important to note those things so that I can work on them, or accept them, or whatever needs to be done, it's even more important not to dwell on them.  How can anyone ever be happy if they occupy themselves with all the things they don't have?  It's so much easier and so much nicer to absorb all that you DO have and appreciate it for what it is.  I spent most of the day just taking in my kids and my husband.  That was pretty damn cool.  I got lots of love from T-Rex, saw some serious maturity in Mega Man, and so much more…

I have several friends upon whom I wish I could bestow this "thing" I have discovered.  They seem hell-bent on focusing only on what falls short of their wishes and desires, and what they don't have that they are missing out on so many neat things in their lives.  I imagine it brings a lot of undue frustration…  I mean, I stress more than enough, but there comes a point when you just have to let it go…  And I think that if you don't appreciate what you have, you're missing out even more.  If you can't see what is before you for what it's worth, what is the point in having it?  What good is the love of a child if you don't cherish it?  What good is an hour or two with a friend if you're texting someone else the entire time?  What good is a hot, home cooked meal if you gobble it down so fast you don't taste it, and skimp on conversation with the family sitting at the table with you? 

It's been a long time coming, but I think I finally got it.  I am thankful for it all…  even what I don't have.  🙂