Scarlet at Nutwood invited everyone to do a November challenge for Thanksgiving. It is entitled 30 Days of Gratitude. Her she challenges us to: "write a sentence, tell a story, take a photo... blog it, tweet it, facebook it, journal it, scrapbook it... share your gratitude daily or summarize it weekly... invite your friends, your family, your neighbors..."
I probably won't do it every day but instead in 5 day spurts. So, since I am already behind, I will do day one to five today. I am grateful for so many things. This year I have been very lucky -- I have about a million things I could mention. But here are the first five for now.
1. I am grateful that I have the support of my family and friends, no matter what I do or where I do or how long its been since I have seen them. Working apart from everyone and then traveling the rest of the time means I don't always see everyone as often as I would like but they are always there for me, both literally and figuratively, when I get back home. Speaking of that, I will be home in 2 days!! I can't wait to see everyone SOON!!!
2. I am really fortunate to have been able to travel to so many great places. I feel that it opens up one's mind and makes one see how the other side, every other side, lives. I think it makes me more tolerant of others (except when they cut in front of me in line) and gives me a different perspective on things.
3. This year I have had the opportunity to learn to take better photographs (and I'm still learning!) I have had great people to help me learn along the way, both on the internet and in person. I am also grateful for the people who wait for me when I take multiple photos of the same flower and the same bee.
4. I am grateful to not have been unemployed (at least not when I wanted to be working.) I have some friends who have been trying to get a job for months. It's not easy.
5. Thank goodness my family has had good health (my grandma had a little heart thing but is doing great now!) My grandfather always used to say that being healthy and wise were the two most important things (the other one was wealthy, but that was always third).
These are my first five things I am grateful for. For now.