1: I am thankful to be blessed with many incredible friends. Started out my morning with a coffee date--one of my favorite things in life is spending time with my friends. Each of my friends enriches me in different ways, and my soul is so much richer because of them.
2: Today I am thankful for resilience, which our kids have inherited from both Mike and me. This morning, everyone in our house was grumpy...we cracked down on some family rules and got lots of moaning and complaining, and we parents were none too rosy either.
But now several hours later we are all back to our cheery selves. Family dinner together, followed by movie night (two separate movies because of the age difference in our kids). Everyone will go to bed much happier. I'm so grateful that we all spring back quickly!
3: It's All Saints Day, and today at church we remembered all the saints who have touched our lives. I'm thankful for the lives of these people and what they taught me. (This collage is by no means comprehensive!)
4: Today I am thankful for the inspiring cancer survivors in my life and for the advances in medical technology that give people hope and extend their lives. At the same time, I remember all those people who have lost their loved ones to cancer. This morning just moments after hearing about a friend's clear checkup, I learned that a former coworker had lost her husband to cancer. Life is sacred and often too short--never miss a chance to tell someone you love them!
5: Today I had lunch with two retired colleagues, and as much as it made me wish I were retired (!), it also reminded me that I am really thankful to have a rewarding, challenging job at a great company. Big shout-out to all my nice, respectful, helpful, and talented colleagues...and to the company itself for offering me daily challenges since 1990 and an opportunity to use my degree.
My company is not perfect, and sometimes I see changes in company culture that are hard to swallow...but the best thing about my company is the people. Beginning in April 1990, I have found nearly all of the people here to be nice, respectful, helpful, and talented. And I have rarely been bored. And best of all, I am actually using my B.A. in English every day!
6: Of course, my gratitude days are being done in no particular order! Today I am thankful for my amazing partner in life, whom I met nearly 27 years ago in Wakayama, Japan. Every day I am grateful for his caring, compassion, sense of humor, intelligence, and love for us. He also understands my need for "girl time" in this testosterone-charged household and holds down the fort so I can get lots of high-quality time with my friends. (So wonderful!!) I can't imagine sharing my life with anyone else!