Thanksgiving 2015: A Reflection

Thanksgiving has come and gone, and as my RevPub partner said, it’s a no-man’s land holiday. I see fewer people post what they are grateful for throughout the month. I think I saw one person on FaceBook do that this year. People don’t seem to care much. Thanksgiving has become a gathering holiday centered around food, and that’s okay. However, I do want to take a moment to list some things I am grateful for:

Life – Having lived in the South my entire life and working with people the last 20 years, I am familiar with this scenario:

Me: How are you today?

Customer: I’m <fantastic, good, great>. Any day above ground is a good day.

And you know what? They are absolutely right. There is so much death and sickness in the world, I am simply thankful to have life. Not just to be alive, but also have a high quality of life.

Creativity – I have often said I’m not a creative person. As life continues – and I’m forced to use more creativity – I realize I am a creative person. I can’t write fiction, make a living as an artist, or play most instruments, but when it’s comes to gift giving and problem-solving, my creative mind kicks into high gear.

Abilities – With that said, I am also thankful for my abilities. Many women do not give themselves credit for what true abilities they possess. But we – men included – have abilities and talents that make us special.

My Framily – My friends who are family and my family who are my friends mean the world to me. My own child is one of my best friends. My best friend is a part of my family. My framily is a mix between friends and family who care and love me for who I am, and no matter what are always there. So, to those who are reading: Thank you.

Work – I have always been grateful for my job – no matter what it was. However, I also appreciate work in general. Whether it’s my full-time job or mopping my floors, work keeps me active and feeling accomplished. I would rather work than sit and watch TV, and I’m grateful I can always find something to do.

Entertainment – I don’t always work though! I love books, games, movies, music and some TV. We live in a world full of entertainment, which is a nice break from the day-to-day. I love playing board games, watching movies, and going to concerts with loved ones. Having so many options is pretty awesome and definitely adds to quality of life.

Food – I don’t do diets. I eat what I want and don’t feel guilty. Food is essential and delicious, and there are many people in the world who don’t have enough of it. So, the next time you feel bad about a bagel, think about someone who would give their right hand for one.

Color – We’ve had a pretty dreary fall thus far, so I’m thankful I can fill my home with bright colors – from throw pillows to fresh flowers. I wear neon colors, and Christmas lights have been up for a week. Color not only enhances my mood, it makes things vibrant and beautiful.

Me – I am thankful for who I am. Like me or not, I own who I am and always will. I firmly believe if people were more true to who they are, they would feel more free and happy. I’m not saying don’t improve yourself or change bad habits; I’m saying if you are happy with who you are, then own it. Don’t change for someone else or put on a mask to make others happy.

And to you our readers, we give thanks to you! As we enter our fourth year, we appreciate all the follows, likes, support, comments and ideas. Without you, we would just talk to ourselves.
Happy Holidays from RevPub!

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