It’s the day before Thanksgiving and our home is already filled with the smells of our dinner to be! Pies, side dishes and brining of turkey are all my husband’s job in getting ready for Thanksgiving. I was sitting and watching my eleven year old daughter help my husband and once again felt a wave of thanks for all that I’ve been blessed with. It’s so easy to focus on what you don’t have or what you wish you had, that you overlook what you DO have.
I’m thankful for so many things and this Thanksgiving, I’d like to share with you my thanks…
I’ve been blessed with a faithful husband and 6 beautiful, talented, warmhearted children. I have a career I truly do love. The gift of meeting new people at my work, sometimes at their most vulnerable moments, has made me realize how much we all have in common. Our differences are really just skin deep. We all have families, aspirations and fears. Many of us have lost loved ones but also found love in our hearts to forgive others that have wronged us. I’m thankful for all that I’ve learned in working as a nurse. I’m thankful for the compassion I’ve been taught in working with the sick. I’m thankful for the staff I work with, who come in everyday, providing compassionate, thoughtful care to our patients. As a Nursing Supervisor, I’m thankful for my leaders trust in my running the hospital in their absence. I’m thankful for my encounters with both families and patients who have humbled me in ways only those who are going through rough times, can do. I’m thankful for my publishers trust in me and my gift of writing enough to give me the opportunity in getting published. I’m thankful for having had my sister Penny, who, although her time here with us was cut short just before her 45th birthday, she taught me to appreciate all that life has to give, and is the one person who made me who I am today. I’m thankful for my husbands parents, who from the start of my relationship with my husband, filled that parental void because both of my parents were gone. I couldn’t have asked for better in-laws than them.
I’m thankful for my relationship with my younger sister Toni. Having 5 brothers and sisters, she is the one sibling who I have stayed connected with throughout the years. I so often think of my childhood and feel so lucky to have her to recall our childhood together, often laughing and remembering our sister Penny as if she was still here with us.
Finally, I’m thankful for all of you who have supported me throughout this incredible journey of getting published. Your spreading the word of my website, inviting me into you schools to work with your students and allowing me to share my love of writing with you, goes beyond thanks. I truly appreciate being able to share my experiences with all of you!
In today’s world of anger, wars and hatred of others who are different from us, I wish we could look beyond our differences and realize just how much we are alike.
May you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Til Next Week…