Here we are again, and it is Thanksgiving time. (Don't mean to confuse any of you US-ers, but I'm Canadian.) How on earth did that happen? Life, I suppose. But now, we are here, in the middle of autumn, giving thanks to our Creator for the beauties in life. Yes, our world is in economic crisis. Yes, Canada is a frenzy of election preparations for Tuesday, and the states is too, whenever their elections are. We are saddened by things that happen continuously, and over and over, I remember things in our past and look to our future and see dread and sadness. And yet...there is beautify, and freedom, and joy, and love, and hope. HOPE! Think of that! What a thing to be thankful for!!!
I have so much to be thankful for. A home, a family who loves me, wonderful friends (even if they do ALL live far away) incredible teachers, people who love me and hug me, 'my' tiny island, music, opportunities, turning leaves, sunshine, raindrops, pumpkins, and faith. Life! It's exciting.
I give thanks for life, for this precious gift of being able to breathe, being able to stop and feel my heartbeat, that precious life-blood flowing through my body. I give thanks for free will, for the ability to make choices that change my life forever, for the many things I have to choose from when I make those choices. Big choices, little choices. Scary choices, exciting choices. I give thanks for the wildness God put into me, for the crazy dreams that drive me forward, for the glimpses of perfection I see at every turn.
Most of all, I give thanks for the people in my life, near and far, close and not-so-close, old friends, and new friends, people I've met, people I haven't, people I just knew for a few days, and people who met me when I was tiny, family, or not.
Just to name a few... Mariah, Maria, Camille, Sadie, Lisa, Erica, Tiffany, Gracie, Caitlin, Jessica H., Melissa, Isabelle, Kathleen, Micayla, Sarah, Nadine, Jess F., Julia, Judy, Markus, David, Daniel, Teodora, Vivian, Marianne, Jen, Susan, Rosemary, my Mum, my Dad, and many other people who may not even know how much they mean to me. They may barely know me, and yet...they change me. People like; Iona, Joy, Soozie, Jen G., Josie, Sue, Evelyn, and others.
I know to most of you, they are just names. For you, it is just yet another name in and endless sea of names, and still, behind each name is a person to be thankful for. Only a few of the names live around here, and they are my parents and teachers or the people who barely know me, but somehow each those names I listed have come into my life, they have touched me in some incredible way, and I thank them for that. Everyone of them is a gift, and something to be very, very thankful for indeed.
Ooooh, I struggle. I struggle with being ungrateful. I spend days fighting against feeling sorry for myself because I have no one nearby who is as young as I am that I can share my heart with, and yet, when I look at these gifts that I was given, even if they were just for a short, short while, I smile