It starts with reflection. This time of year lends itself to loads of it. What am I thankful for? I am thankful for memories of my grandmother who cherry scent of Jergen’s and Aquanet I can still imagine. I’m thankful for Grace and Suzie, who have reminded me to be be young and silly and for my little sister, another beautiful Grace in my life, who embodies what her name truly is.
I’m thankful for my parents, who are at home with my little blind rescue dog who has a biting habit. I’m thankful for Matt–we’ve both always said that we’re “just quirky enough” for one another and for his family who have shown me different ways of viewing the world.. I’m thankful for Jaime, an amazing woman who rescues animals. While we’ve only met in person once, I feel very connected to her. I’m thankful for Ellie, Sommer, Katie , Lisa and Beth–they are exceptional at being who they are and allowing me to do the same. I am thankful for the job I have, the people I work with, the community I serve, the groups I belong to, the people in my life, too many to name all at once, and the many other blessings I probably take for granted every day.
Still, in the spirit of reflection, humility and gratefulness, I realize that I am thankful for the things I don’t naturally view as blessings. I am grateful for the things I am afraid of, for the mistakes I’ve made and the failures I’ve overcome. I’m thankful (now) that I have always felt a “little different” because in hindsight, fitting in was never my purpose.
As you reflect on the things that you are thankful for, please don’t let fear of losings these things stand in your way of experiencing them to the fullest. Be grateful that you have choice and control in your own lives. Please don’t be afraid to do new things, meet new people, try a new job, do something outside of your comfort zone, or in some cases, stay true to yourself even when everyone around you seems determined to conform to the opposite.
If we allow ourselves to stretch beyond what we know and what we are certain of we will never run short of the endless amount of things we could be grateful for–we should always push ourselves to find them.