Giving of Thanks

I’m a giver. I like to give and express my appreciation. YET- I always feel like I don’t do it ENOUGH. With the demands of life, I hope that those around me understand the inferences of appreciation I show because not always do the words come out of my mouth, though I feel them in my heart.

This Thanksgiving was probably the best yet. The memories we shared will carry me through the year. I want to stand on a mountain and scream the appreciation I have for my family. It took a team effort to make my first Thanksgiving go smoothly. THANK YOU!

I can’t explain to you how grateful I am that my family came together in good health. Sitting around the table together brought me hope. Life is so uncertain and unpredictable, it made me even more appreciative of those moments shared. I know life will not always be easy and these are the moments I must hold dear and near. (I’m still looking for the PAUSE button in life upon which I can also REWIND back to in future days).

As I sit here typing this, the rain is hitting the windows and is making me want to curl up and read a good book and DREAD going to work tomorrow because I know I’ll have to deal with the rain. Yet sitting to my left is my beautiful little girl snuggling close to me coloring a pretty picture for me bringing me HOPE. Her joy for life makes the dreary rain seem like white noise. She is a great reminder that LIFE IS ABOUT PERSPECTIVE.

As a giver, I always strive to provide an authentic POSITIVE OUTLOOK on things and life. In doing so, it shapes my perspective. Seeing life through someone else’s eyes can strengthen my empathy and self reflection. It makes me stronger. Yet sometimes it makes me overthink LIFE’S FRAGILITY. Life is short. Yet how short? Oh geez. I need to find that PAUSE button.

Going back to the start, I want to give thanks and show appreciation in all things because TIME IS VALUABLE and valuing it is how I want to show MY THANKS. As much as I want to be able to determine what the future holds, I know TODAY brings me HAPPINESS and HOPE. I hold tight to those two things as they will carry me through all things. THANK YOU TO ALL THOSE IN MY LIFE THAT MAKE ME STRONGER, WISER AND HAPPIER! I hope you know who you are- BECAUSE I KNOW IT’S YOU!!!

I’ll leave you with another set of lyrics that touch my heart and go along with this post:

Here’s to Willie Nelson and his song “I’m Alive”“I’m Alive”

It’s so damn easy to say that life’s so hard
Everybody’s got their share of battle scars
As for me, I’d like to thank my lucky stars
That I’m alive and well

And it’d be easy to add up all the pain
And all the dreams you sat and watched go up in flames
You were on, on the wreckage as it smolders in the rain
But not me, I’m alive

And today you know that’s good enough for me
Breathing in and out’s a blessing, can’t you see?
Today is the first day of the rest of my life
And I’m alive and well, God, I’m alive and well

Stars are dancing on the water here tonight
It’s good for the soul when there’s not a soul in sight
This boat has caught it’s wind and brought me back to life
Now I’m alive and well

And today you know that’s good enough for me
Breathing in and out’s a blessing, can’t you see?
Today is the first day of the rest of my life
And I’m alive and well, God, I’m alive and well

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