It’s Tuesday again, and time for some gratitude!
Also, I just realized I’ve been counting these in Roman numerals, so long about the time we get to around week 90-something, we might have some issues. Grade school math was a LONG time ago! (Anybody else learn Roman numerals from deciphering the dates on old movies and Bugs Bunny cartoons? No? Just me, huh?)
It’s Thanksgiving week in America – a time when we’re supposed to spend some time focusing on the things we’re grateful for in our lives. It often winds up less an exercise in gratitude and more a day of gluttony and football (and anymore, sales) but anyway…
I am grateful for peace of mind. Sometimes it’s a bit shaken and it takes me a minute to get back to feeling centered, but given all that’s gone on in the world lately, I’m grateful that I can still find my happy place. It’s very easy to get caught up in all the gloom and doom, but I’ve always believed that human history is an endless cycle of positive and negative and that it repeats more often than not. It’s easy to think that the world’s more violent now than it has been in the past, but when you look back at history, you realize that isn’t so. Humans are as they have ever been – the majority are good people trying to live their lives and provide for themselves and their families and find meaning in existence. And there are a few heinous assholes thrown in the mix just as there always have been. And generally, assholes get more press than good people do. But that doesn’t change the fact that the good outweighs the bad. And that’s what I always come back to.
I am also grateful that my children are able to be home during the holidays. Though they’ve never lived far away (an hour at most), there were several years when they worked at jobs that limited their ability to be home with family during the holidays. I’m glad that isn’t the case so much anymore. It’s funny to think how much we take it for granted – spending the holidays with family – until we aren’t able to. Growing older has made me more appreciative of the family that I have and makes me treasure every moment we get together.
Last Friday night, my husband and I got to go see my beloved University of Kentucky basketball team play at Rupp Arena. They won (duh). But what made the night even more special was getting to spend it with my sister- and brother-in-law. The older I get the more I appreciate people who are just genuinely, unashamedly themselves, and who accept and love others unconditionally. It’s so comforting to just be able to relax into the company of someone that you love and be yourself completely and know that you’re loved for precisely who you are. It’s a damn rare thing to find sometimes and one of the true pleasures in life.
I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and get to spend time with those you love best. Also, if you haven’t done so yet, make sure you go and enter the Happy Tribe / Mama Bear Said So prize bundle giveaway. You’ve got a chance to win one of 4 prize bundles full of stuff to make your day a bit brighter and all you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post: http://www.mamabearsaidso.com/the-happy-tribe-prize-bundle-giveaway/. Two winners will be drawn at noon EST on November 30. Good luck!
Take care! – Mama Bear