Thanksgiving Reflection

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Thanksgiving is tomorrow, Hipsters - the day we set aside to spend time with our loved ones and express thanks for all that we have. With that being said, I believe that there is so much to be thankful for in this life, and we shouldn't just take one day to focus on it. We should take a portion of each day and reflect on all that we have to be thankful for, regardless of whether or not we are allowed to stuff our faces with sweet potatoes and turkey (but if you stuff your face with sweet potatoes and turkey each day, I wouldn't even be mad about it). Here's a small sampling of what I'm thankful for:

Genuine, caring people
I'm thankful for all of the people in my life, but there's a certain breed of people for which I am extremely grateful at the moment. These are the people that everyone can't help but like. Everyone flocks to them and never has a negative word to say about them. These people are sincere, good-natured, and do wonderful things out of the kindness of their hearts. They see things that need improved and changed, and they are actively working to make the world a better place for everyone. Spending just a few moments with these people is a shot in the arm - they make you feel like you're important (because you are, of course!), they make you feel like everything is going to be ok, and they restore your faith in humanity. I endeavor to be more like these genuine, caring people - a tall order - but surrounding myself with them will hopefully be a step in the right direction.

Everything happens for a reason, of that I'm sure. The reason evades me at times, but I find comfort in the fact that if something is supposed to happen, it will happen. 

I've been thinking a lot lately about how I grew up: we didn't have much, and everything was so difficult. However, I was blessed with a mother who taught me to work hard and never give up, which has led me to an entirely different way of life where I have more than I need and don't have to struggle just to get by. I appreciate my current way of life so much because a) I didn't have it before and b) I very easily wouldn't have it if I'd had a different mother. In 2009, I almost missed the birthday party where I met Tadd but was able to attend last-minute. If I hadn't gone to that party and met him, my life would be entirely different from what it is now (probably nowhere near as happy and full of cats and hedgehogs, I'm sure).

These and so many other things have happened by fate that have led me to where I'm supposed to be. Not every example produces as many feel-goods as those above (that's life), but they have all molded me into the person I am today, and for that I am grateful.

My husband
Speaking of that husband of mine...I know I write about him a lot, but that's because he's so very important to me. He's one of those genuine, caring people that fate brought into my world, and I could not be more grateful to share this life with him.

When I am selfish and tempestuous, he calls me out on it and encourages me to be a better person (it's a work in progress). When I want to run away from my problems, he reminds me that that's not an option in the real world and helps me find a way to solve them. And when I just need a hug, he's pretty good at that, too.

I could go on and on with my list, but I'll stop here for now. Please do me (and mainly yourself) a small favor and think about what you're thankful for at this very moment, then repeat that process once a day for forever. Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

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