It sounds familiar, if not a bit redundant. This time of year brings out the lists of things that we are thankful for. I’m eternally thankful for the usual—my family, friends and health. But if I reflected more, I would say that I am thankful for...
I'm thankful for the chance meetings each year that bring a connection with someone who will add still another dimension to my life, who touches me in unexpected and surprising ways. I’m grateful that the people I’m surrounded by every day never tire of learning and sharing new things, questioning and challenging the expected. I am thankful that those in my life find joy in humor. I’m grateful for the ability to embrace life wholeheartedly without the constant fear of failure.
I’m thankful that I, alone, am not an expert at anything, that I’m forever a life traveler, finding the right path to happiness, success and worthiness. I’m especially thankful that I can define the meaning of those words. I’m grateful that as my own mapmaker, I’ve learned how others forge their paths and stay on them. But, just as importantly, I have discovered how often the path we choose has a detour, a change in course—but not always a change in direction. I’m thankful that God has blessed us with the uncertainty and vulnerability that make us human, that not every decision is a snap one, that internal debate is a given.
I’m thankful for smiles, sincerity and courage. I’m grateful for the gift of time we still have to tell those in our lives how thankful we are to include them in our lists. To everyone, a heartfelt thank you.