For many of us, the upcoming holiday of Thanksgiving is a wonderful time for us to be together with friends and family on that day. But this year I am thinking a bit more clearly, beyond just Thursday…<img class="size-full wp-image-2180 alignright" src="http://www Visit Website.susancombs.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/PreOrderTexasTenacity.jpg” alt=”PreOrderTexasTenacity” width=”272″ height=”538″ srcset=”http://www.susancombs.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/PreOrderTexasTenacity.jpg 272w, http://www.susancombs.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/PreOrderTexasTenacity-152×300.jpg 152w” sizes=”(max-width: 272px) 100vw, 272px” />
Let me start by thanking the people and things I value.
First, my family. In my own case, this means my wonderful husband, our three sons and their fantastic families. Seeing our three grandchildren is a lot of fun…and they go home! At times like these, I remember each son at different ages when they were small children and on past Thanksgivings. The first struggles with knife and turkey, the rocket propelled cranberry jelly (I was too lazy to ever make my own mush). Now they are grown men with totally independent personalities, senses of humor, and deep and abiding affection for each other and us. What a blessing!
Second, my friends. Over the years I have been so lucky to remain in close touch with friends who are scattered across this country and the globe. We can start a conversation after a long hiatus, and we are instantly transported back to when we were first close friends. The extraordinary part about these friendships is that we are each a secret reservoir of knowledge about the other person and they us…and if it is a long-standing friendship, they go back to our early beginnings.
Third, I am so grateful over the years for people who have given me support and taught me to do the same for others. When another person provides a much needed boost, you learn a truth: we are more human when we are helping others.
Fourth, I am grateful for anticipation. Looking forward with pleasure is a positive energy boost, and thinking about how the days are going to unfurl in the coming week makes me happy! Yes, I am going to be doing a lot of cooking, but I also am going to enjoy seeing my family enjoy being around the same table. And even more importantly the conversations between them are going to be the best dessert ever!
Finally, the best of all is having the chance to draw breath, and take in the incredible skies out west, the stunning red gold clouds at sunset, the crisp early morning air with dew shining on our ranch house tin roof. Everywhere I look, there is something to bring joy to the day. Learning to take joy from everything around me, whether small or large, gives such wonderful meaning to life
I wish a very Happy Thanksgiving to each of you. I know you have your own wonderful lists of things to be thankful for. Enjoy them all!