This year on the R8 blog, we're noting our big thanks with small lists:
I'm thankful for having lost 80 pounds in 2012, for good health, for a great family, and wonderful friends. I'm also thankful for the ability to earn an income in a year that has held lots of economic challenges for many. I have much to be grateful for this year!
I'm thankful for the people who love me and whom I love. I'm thankful for my daughter's laugh and for my husband's steady nature. I'm thankful for writing, both my own and that of others. I'm thankful for having a car that's paid for. I'm thankful for the good times and I'm thankful for being able to get through the tough times. I'm thankful for my quirky little dog. I'm thankful to still have both my parents. I'm thankful for the joy I feel when I am near the water. I'm thankful that I can still be thankful.
I'm grateful for all the incredible peopel in my life - my daughters and my granddaughter, my friends, and my writer friends. I'm grateful to have a place to live and a job to (almost) pay for it. And I'm grateful to have a calling in my life because it gives my something to reach for.
I'm grateful for opportunities. It seems they're all around - if we'd only just look for them! If you're like me, you might nt recognize an opportunity unitl it's long gone. But in this great land of ours, we can go on to find another opportunity to grasp with both hands. I'm extremely thankful for that.
Thankful? In this acquisitive season, the glass seemed only half full, but with Rosemary Clooney's voice in my head I started counting my blessings. I'm thankful to have lived to an age when I know: you can't always get what you want; there's got to be a morning after (and things will look better by then); when it's a magical night for a moondance, dance Woman dance; I believe in miracles (still!); love IS a many splendored thing; and, really, in the grand scheme, everything's comin' up roses for you.
I'm thankful for a kitchen remodel finished in time for me to host Thanksgiving dinner for my family for the time ever. I'm thankful for a weight loss journey that means I can shop in "normal" stores again. I'm thankful to have my health and to join my friend on T-giving day for a 10k race. I'm thankful for writing, sparking wine, good jeans, a comfy blanket. And what's that other thing? Oh yeah, the community of friends and family who are the coolest, awesomest blessing in the whole entire world. Yeah, that one. Thank you!
Friends, what are you thankful for this year?