This picture is of the Mayflower replica that the pilgrims took over from England. I grew up in Massachusetts and was mightily disappointed in my early teen years upon finding out that this was not the real Mayflower. I guess the first one went back to England and was disassembled for lumber shortly after the famous voyage.
I am not in a good mood today and in fact I’ve had to remind myself several times today that tomorrow is Thanksgiving. Usually by now I feel some sense of anticipation but I seem to have a case of the blahs right now. Regardless, I just read the latest post on Mizunogirl’s blog and she was listing all the things she was thankful for. It was great to read right now lest I lose sight of so many wonderful things.
This past year has really been filled with so many accomplishments; some on a grand scale and a few others on a lesser scale, but no less important!
Recently I posted about the evolution of friendships. I am really grateful for those friends that just naturally fit. Someone had commented about how those friends bring about peace. Yeah, I’d have to agree with that 100%.
During this year I had made a committment to get back into shape. I lost about 25 lbs (I may be less now but haven’t weighed myself) and completely changed my eating habits. Because of this I can eat pretty much what I want (within reason) on weekends. And on top of that I’ve run two 5Ks these last two months. I hadn’t done one of those since my 20s!
I have a wonderful job and work in the most amazing building. In the mornings I pass a fish pond filled with koi and I sit in my own office with a large window that overlooks the sky and treeline. I work at a very different pace than I have in the past. I work with good people. I get along with my boss and co-workers. In this economy I’m thankful to have a job. To have the added bonus of liking what I do, now that is a blessing.
We saved our house this year. It’s not a big house but it is home. That was huge.
In addition, I joined a volunteer organization that helps people out when they’ve hit hard times. We run a food pantry so as one can guess, this has been a very busy time of year. There are times I don’t want to go to the meetings during the week. I’d rather stay at home or do whatever, but once I am there, I find that I don’t want to stop. There’s something about this organization that keeps the wheels spinning and I find that there is so much more I want to do to help, yet it will never be enough. I bitched awhile back that I didn’t have a dresser. Then I met a woman with no furniture and literally saw a child sleeping on a hotel floor in a makeshift bed because she simply didn’t have one.
We collected turkeys last night outside a local grocery store. We came away with 41 turkeys, cash donations and non-perishable food donations. I am grateful that there are those that are willing to donate these things. Although I don’t hang out with the rest of the volunteers on a regular basis, I’m grateful for the camaraderie of it, the sheer spirit. And that is cool.
Its been almost three years since I started blogging and I’m grateful for everyone here. We really have created a global neighborhood and there is nothing like logging on to see whats going on in your worlds. I’m grateful to live in a time that this is all possible. Happy Thanksgiving. Peace out.