Thanksgiving 2018

As we look forward to Thanksgiving one week away i sit in front of a fire with 3 pups in the dark and think about gratitude.. how when i was younger i struggled with seeing that the simplest moments were abundant with things to be grateful for and now as i look toward my 64 th year coming to a close i see, feel, breathe and savor the simplest things. The crackle and color of this fire, the warmth it bestows, the silence i am blanketed in, the rise and fall of my pups bellies as they breathe knowing they are safe and cared for, the softness of the blanket wrapped around my chilly bones, the knowledge my daughter and grand-baby are fast asleep in a room in my home cocooned in each-others arms, my eyes that behold the about to snow color of the sky, my heart that beats strong no matter the fact that i have grieved and fallen and prayed for peace, my days that have taught me i am more than i give myself credit for, my friends who have blessed me with laughter and love and forgiveness and patience as i have navigated through all my ups and downs, my loved ones who see me through a lens i will never quite see myself but wow does it blow me away that they do...
The soft bed i fall into each night, the home i feel safe and unafraid in compared to so many who have never.. will never know how that feels...food in my belly, fresh water, a body that has been leveled , almost extinguished so many times and has healed, ...optimism, courage, hope, unconditional love, humor, perseverance....
I am blessed... i bet you are too.