Happy Thanksgiving weekend to those celebrating the holiday.
I was going to conclude my thoughts on character today but decided instead to go with the holiday theme.
Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. As a child, it was the one holiday I nearly always spent with my Dad and his family. We would get up in the wee hours and make the drive from Woodinville, WA to Lewiston, ID. Sometimes we stayed the weekend, sometimes just a night, but the feast was massive. My aunt typically hosted and there were usually around 50 people or more attending.
I have many great memories of Thanksgiving with my Dad. This year was my third without him. And it was our first without Jen’s Dad. But the other side of the coin is that it was also our third with our daughters, Lizzy and Rae. We spent the holiday with Jen’s family.
When I was a person of faith, I saw Thanksgiving very clearly as a religious holiday and I recognize that for many — both devout and marginal believers — it still is. For me, it is now about gathering together with the people I love and being grateful.
I have a quote from Cicero on my wall that I look at frequently as a reminder. He said, “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” I believe this strongly, every day of the year.
So instead of spending time on character today, I thought instead that I would share with you some things that I’m grateful for and invite you to share what you’re grateful for in the comments.
1. I’m grateful for my family — my wife, my daughters, and all of the friendships and relationships that enrich my life and form my tribe.
2. I’m grateful for getting to be what I wanted to be when I grew up — being a writer, though sometimes challenging, is very fulfilling and I’m thankful not just for the opportunity to tell stories to people but to also be changed and stretched by digging stories out of my brain.
3. I’m grateful for having the strength and resilience to build a life worth living and loving out of the Unfortunate Circumstances of my childhood.
4. I’m grateful for my day-job and everything it brings into my life, especially the people I get to work with.
5. I’m grateful for my health and for my happiness.
So how about you? How did you pass the holiday? And what are you grateful for?