There is a sense of reflection that begins to build as the days in the year slowly come to an end. Fueled by holiday spirits and nostalgic memories--we come to the time of the year where the senses are in overdrive. I've decided to create a series of posts to channel my inner thoughts surrounding these final weeks in 2008 and would like to open the discussion into your own lives.
Topic: Am I Thankful? This entire year has been filled with wedding thoughts...my two brothers married off, my closest cousin, two good friends from college, my lovely co-worker, and lastly, me. After a jammed packed year of planning for a single day--where are we now that it's over? Post-wedding, I know there were times where my head was not in the right place and times where it was--but I am sincerely thankful for my friends and family for sacrificing their time, money, and energy to help create my wedding day.
My family also endured a couple of job-losses, devastating health problems and even the arrival of a new baby this year--it seems as though every down-turn was paired with a glimmer of hope. And now it's almost Thanksgiving...long-gone are the days of dressing like pilgrims and indians in grade school. Now, here we are trying to figure out which set of parents to see first for an exact 92 minutes full of mashed potatoes and turkey and spending time with extended family we don't seem to know anymore. But through the potluck style gatherings, I feel a sense of belonging and connection--my past woven perfectly into place with who I am today and who I will be one day, surrounded by the people who were and continue to be my needles and thread.
Logistics aside, I am deeply thankful for the loved ones in my life, for having a family to go home to, for friends to catch up with. I often find myself thinking forward--on to the next stage when I need to be here, enjoying now.
How has 2008 shaped your thanksgiving holiday? Do you find it silly we designate one day out of the year to reflect on everything we are thankful for? Where do you plan to spend the holiday and who with? What are your thoughts on thankfulness?