A Strange Thanksgiving Ritual

The candied corn has not even grown stale and Christmas decorations are all over Indy. The lights have been strung from the top of Monument Circle. Christmas music is playing on radio stations.

Attention people! You will put some RESPEK on Thanksgiving.

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And, why not? In our materialistic and selfie-driven world, Thanksgiving allows us to focus on so many people and trappings we take for granted.  It is the time of year in which we are advised to make a list of things for which we are grateful. Some familiar tropes come to mind;  family, employment, home, safety, the usual suspects.

For an unusual ritual, how about being grateful for the issue that causes you the most angst. What is it that you must overcome to be faithful to the thing you love?

I was an avid reader as a child. I would read anything and everything I could get my hands on. I remember a family friend gave me free access to his bookcase. I selected the thickest set of books I could find. It was Victor C. Andrews, Flowers in the Attic series. As an adult, I understand that this not exactly classic literature. Each book was over 400 pages and I saw completing each one as a challenge.  Those tales intrigued and frightened me. Words on a page can elicit such strong emotion.  This love of reading grew into a desire to create stories that would allow my readers to feel – love, longing, courage, gratitude.

I love to write. It is my calling and my passion. My biggest hindrances to writing as a career are time, work/financial obligations, fear and self-doubt. How can I afford health insurance if I am a writer? What if I am unable to sell my books? What if I reveal too much and people judge me? The struggle is real. The love of writing compels me to sacrifice for the thing I love most. My obstacles push me to not give up. I fight for time to create.

The truth is your problem serves a purpose (courtesy of TD Jakes). If I did not have financial obligations, I may not launch a marketing campaign large enough. In essence, I may just play it safe and small. When the odds are against you, you have to play big. Challenges can be the springboard to success. Ask yourself, what can I learn from this hardship? How can I use it to my advantage.

I am grateful for the struggle. I know I cannot take one second or opportunity for granted. I know I must be ready and not ‘getting’ ready when the big break presents itself. It is hard but that is the point. If it were easy, everyone would do it.

What challenge are you grateful for?

What Are You Thankful For? – My Ten Things

I am thankful for the usual suspects – mom, family, job, blah, blah, blah. I have another – less traditional – list of things I am grateful for. Take a looksee.

1. This past weekend, my bathroom exploded. My toilet spewed rivers of water and my tub vomited green stuff. I am thankful that that did not occur this weekend.

2. I am thankful that my pants fit. I am down like 23lbs or so, I don't keep track of the number. I had a pair of brand new pants hanging in my closet for YEARS. They would not go past my butt. They fit comfortably now – and for this I am right glad! lol

3. I am grateful that I have contacts. Can't be fabulous in body while wearing glasses that make me resemble Myrtle Urkel.

4. I am thankful that I am still in Dallas. I had a few 'I'm moving back to Chicago' moments but my life is here. Not saying that that won't change but for now I am chillin'.

5. I am thankful for people who believe in me. I let a friend read the first chapter of my book. When he told me how proud he was of me, it felt really nice.

6. I am thankful for my job. I have been there over a year now. I prayed for this job and God blessed me with it. It can be challenging at times but nothing worth having isn't.

7. I am thankful for my mother. She is the quintessential woman – flaws and all.

8. I am thankful for my family. We are a strange group of birds but we love each other and are amazingly gifted and talented.

9. I am thankful for unlimited texting. I fought it for a while. I waved my $10/200 texts plan around like a banner of honor. I realized last billing cycle that I had far exceeded that amount by hundreds of texts. That is the cost of having friends.

10. I am thankful for my expanding circle of friends. There actually exists people on this planet who accept, understand and appreciate my particular brand of crazy. lol

God really has everything you need but you must be open and receptive to it.When you get those things, be thankful.

What are you thankful for?

Things I Am Thankful For

Although my blessings are truly innumerable, I have compiled a short list of things I am grateful to God for.

I am thankful for faith in Christ. It has changed my life!

I am thankful for mi familia!!!!

I am thankful for life, health and strength!!!! (COGIC 4 LIFE!!) LOL

I am thankful for my job!!!!!

I am thankful for friends.

I am thankful for the gift of writing, singing, and being creative.

I am thankful for  . . .ALL OF YOU READING THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!