|Betty and Curtis in Granada, Spain.|
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and in honor of our national tradition, we use this day to give thanks. Despite the fact that I love my work, I am most thankful for those "other things". I guess rather than be a person who lives to work, I work to live.
I am most thankful for my family--my husband, kids, parents, siblings, in-laws, uncles and aunts who are still around, cousins, nephews and nieces. I am not yet a grandparent, but I am already thankful for the grandchildren I hope to have someday (I am an optimist).
I am also thankful for friends--both old and new. Like many baby boomers, I have recently reconnected with friends who I had lost touch with--I am enjoying these re-connections quite a bit.
I am particularly thankful for my health and the health of my family and friends. I know that illness and death are a part of life; and like most people, I do not enjoy this aspect of life. But I also know there are people around me to help with these more difficult times, and for that I am thankful.
I recently visited Spain with my husband. I am thankful I have the opportunity to travel and also a spouse who enjoys traveling with me.
As corny as it sounds, it can be quite a useful exercise to sit and count your blessings. It is easy to get caught up in the stresses of our busy lives, making it that more important to pause, reflect, and remember those things most important to us.