Saturday, 30 November 2013
Thanksgiving holiday took place in America this week - always the last Thursday in November if my memory serves - and although it's not something we celebrate in this country, I always like to pause and reflect on the things that I'm thankful for.
There are always some obvious things, but what about the everyday stuff that we so often take for granted? A warm bed, enough food in the cupboards, books and music to keep us entertained, a comfortable home. It's so easy for forget those everyday comforts and focus on the bigger picture, but imagine what life would be like without them.
It's also a good time to turn some of our grumbles into positives - for instance, I've been having a good moan this week about the daily commute to my new job. Instead, I should be grateful for the chance to start afresh in a new job, with new challenges and the opportunity to build a new future for us as a family.
I'm grateful for my daughters, of course, and how they are blossoming into truly wonderful people. They're growing, maturing and finding their feet and I like what they're becoming. Independent, thoughtful girls who make me very proud. They've had their fair share of upsets and disappointments over the years but they've handled them well and, more importantly, have learned from those experiences.
I'm thankful for my friends. I don't have huge numbers but the ones I have are the amazing. I've relied heavily on my friends this year, and they've been amazingly supportive. I'm very lucky to have them.
What are you thankful for?