Clearing my brain fog

November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving is tomorrow. Our wedding was over a month ago, December is next week. I don’t understand where time has gone. With the holiday hype starting earlier than ever (I swear I saw Christmas trees out before Halloween), it seems that Thanksgiving is just a blip on the holiday radar.

If I’m being truly honest, I myself haven’t given it much thought beyond making my dish to bring to our family gathering. In fact, I’m definitely at fault for ordering Christmas gifts already (in my defense, I do have to mail them across the ocean next week so they’re under my in-law’s tree in time, but still).

Driving to work in a light dusting of snow this morning, I realized I haven’t taken time to properly think about what I am grateful for. That’s part of the reason my post is late this week: I haven’t taken time to truly think about this time of year. I’m ashamed because I am extremely blessed and have so much to be thankful for. Yet my brain seems to be in a generalized fog: yes I’m lucky, yes I’m thankful, yes I am fortunate.

Not okay. If my above thoughts were put into an essay, I would fail the assignment miserably. Where is the evidence to support my claims?

Today, I am wiping off my brain fuzz and am putting some real thought into what exactly I am thankful for this year.

  • To be surrounded by incredibly supportive family and friends. Our wedding reinforced this for me. Keith and I spent over four years apart and through it all, our families and friends were there to hold us up when times were hard and to celebrate with us when they were good. For this, I am thankful.
  • To be able to go to work with a smile every day. A tumultuous career move earlier this year was one of the best decisions of my life. I feel valued and appreciated in my new job, which I know is hard to find. I’ve made new friends here, I am give the freedom and support to do my job how I best feel it should be done. For this, I am thankful.
  • To know love in many forms. Whether it’s love in the form of a friend, a cousin, my mom, my husband or my cat, I am so lucky to have such great love in my life. And don’t laugh about the cat, Sylvia has gotten me through some lonely times. For love, I am thankful.
While this list is far from complete, it is important to me that I take the time to do this. I wouldn’t be happy with myself if I let this holiday pass without taking the time to really prove to myself with specific examples just how much I have to be thankful for.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

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