Monday, November 25, 2013

Top Ten Things I am Thankful For

Top Ten Tuesdays is a feature of The Broke and the Bookish.

Books- Of course!  I am thankful for the opportunity to live more than one life and to connect with people (fictional and factual) whom I have never met, but who changed my life.

Family- This goes without saying.  I am so blessed to have a family who has instilled positive, life-giving values, and which encourages open dialogue on the matters over which we disagree.  Not to mention the people who can make me laugh the hardest. Irreplaceable family, I love you.

Kindred Spirits- There are friends, and then there are kindred spirits.  Those people with whom you just connect.  We get each other even when words are insufficient.  In a great lonely world it is heartening to know there are souls cut from the same fabric.

Health- Being related to someone with serious medical conditions, I am acutely aware of my body as a vessel; the clean air in my lungs, the strength of my legs to carry me, my clarity of thought.
Opportunity- I’m a woman who can wear what she wants, live by herself, choose the person she marries, earn her own living.  Basic human rights not observed in all the world.

Music- Lisztomaniac. That’s me.  Now imagine back in the days pre-recorded music.  All those fantastic voices lost to history.  That night at the music hall that you can never hear again.  It makes me deeply grateful for my iPod that I can bring music with me everywhere, and have my favorite voices at my fingertips.

My Junior High English and Language Arts Teacher- Mrs. M., I owe so many “A”s on papers to you!  You gave me such a solid foundation in grammar and creative writing, I still think about you eleven years later.

Seasons- I love New England.  Even when it’s cold and blustery, I love that within the course of a year I can experience the crisp smell of autumn, cuddling by a window as the snow falls in winter, warm picnic nights in summer and a much earned springtime.

Windows-  A strange choice, perhaps, but there is nothing that can improve my day such as sitting by a window.  Imagine how awful life would be without them.

Gratefulness- Thankful for gratefulness?  Yes, that’s what I said.  I’m thankful I have the ability to feel how lucky I am, to feel a deep appreciation for my life and everything in it.

Being as there are millions of things to be grateful for this season, I'm looking forward to reading your lists!


1 comment:

  1. Health is such a good one. So many people take it for granted, but those of us who are healthy are so lucky. And seasons is a great choice, too. I can't imagine living somewhere without all four seasons!


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