I’m thankful – Today and everyday

Thanksgiving Day gives us a reason to say thanks. It’s a little sad we may need a reason, though I understand how it happens. We’re busy. Too much to do. Not enough time.

Because I sometimes have a tendency to get wrapped up in doing rather than being, I have made an effort of late to purposely, intentionally, mindfully be thankful.

Here are some of the things I’m thankful for today and always.

Our home and the trees that surround it.

Maple tree & House

 

 

 

 

 

My granddaughters who show me what true joy looks like.

Making Cookies

 

 

 

 

 

The prairie where I revel in the beauty of nature and practice mindful patience.

Prairie Flowers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My husband who still surprises me.

David & Carol Anniversary

 

 

 

 

 

Women friends who encourage me to greater heights and prop me up when I’m low.

Friends in hats

 

 

 

 

 

Readers who buy my books and then take time to tell me they enjoyed reading the stories.

Go Away Home Review

 

 

My son who is a fine man and a great dad.

Lance & Girls

 

 

 

 

 

My feet are thankful they get to spend a week on a warm beach when Iowa is bitterly and prematurely cold this winter.

feet

 

 

 

 

 

My sister. My nieces and their families. My neighbors. People like you who read my blog. Good health. The good fortune to have been born in America.

I could go on. And on. And on. I’m one lucky person, and I know it. My cup overflows. So on Thanksgiving Day, I am purposefully, intentionally, mindfully thankful as I join with so many others in saying thanks. Thanks!

Comments

  1. We really should celebrate the things we’re grateful for every day. Hope you had a wonderful holiday.

    • Carol Bodensteiner says:

      Our Thanksgiving was excellent, Joan. I’m pleased we could enjoy a few days of warmth, and I’m thankful we’ll be cozy in our own home tonight. All the best to you, too.

  2. Elfrieda Schroeder says:

    I’m thankful for people like you, Carol who share their lives and insights so generously with others. In Canada we celebrate Thanksgiving in October, but this is another reminder to be thankful EVERY day (even though it’s 30 below and no warm beaches in sight for me)! But I have grandchildren who gave me warm hugs today and helped me put up Christmas decorations.

    • Carol Bodensteiner says:

      Thank you, Elfrieda. I’m returning to cold Iowa today. Hope I’ve stored up enough warmth in my bones to last a while. Like your grandchildren, my granddaughters will always keep my heart warm. Aren’t we the lucky ones?

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