25 things I’m thankful for

by Kim on November 23, 2011 · 16 comments

It’s Thanksgiving here in the United States, a holiday in which friends and family congregate to spend time together, share a meal and reflect on what they’re thankful for. 

I almost let Thanksgiving slip by this year without mentioning my blessings, but that’s no way to show my gratitude.  This year, more than any other, I am keenly aware of just how lucky I am.

25 things I’m thankful for this Thanksgiving

1.  I am thankful for my husband who is kind and fair and has an amazing capacity to love.  That’s a gift, you know. 

2.  I am thankful for my dogs Bear and Macy who ask for love when they want it and have taught me to do the same.  They remind me that it is almost always the small things that trigger bouts of joy: a car ride with the windows down, a morning in the park, a walk in the rain. 

3.  I am thankful for a body that is strong and healthy, a body that can run marathons and climb mountains.

4.  I am thankful that I was born in a place, at a time, and with all the resources to pursue my dream.  When I think of all the chips that had to fall into place in order for that to happen it drops my jaw.

5.  I am thankful for my parents who taught me about hard work and passion in equal parts.

6.  I am thankful for Brian’s parents who have demonstrated what unconditional love looks like.  It is amazing to watch them love their children and grandchildren. 

7.  I am thankful for my sisters who know me in a way that nobody else can.  When I am brave it is because my sisters think I can do anything.  I am so proud that we are made from the same stuff. 

8.  I am thankful for my girlfriends who know the good and bad of me and love me anyways.  I have said for years that one of my biggest blessings is the sheer number of amazing women I know. 

9. I am thankful for my nephews and my niece and Oliver and Leo and Maggie.  It is so fun to see the world through the eyes of children. 

10.  I am thankful for this blog which has given me an outlet to write and I am thankful and humbled by those of you that read it. 

11. I am thankful for coffee and pajams and good books.

12.  I am thankful for mountains and wilderness and trees and for the way that I feel when I am in the forest.

13.  I am thankful for the things that seem bad until afterwards when I see that I am better and stronger then I was before the bad thing. 

14.  I am thankful for running. It was the first thing that I didn’t think I could do but did anyway. 

15.  I am thankful for being alone only when I want to be.

16.  I am thankful for poetry.

17.  I am thankful for paper and pens and cards and notebooks.

18.  I am thankful for the first sunny day and the first rainy one.

19.  I am thankful for Oregon.  I didn’t know that you could love mountains and streams and city streets the way you love a person, but you can. 

20.  I am thankful for knowing what you have before it’s gone. 

21.  I am thankful for chocolate.  And beer.

22.  I am thankful for lunchtime runs with friends and weekend morning runs with friends. 

23.  I am thankful for clean water and plentiful food and that I have never had to worry about having either one. 

24. I am thankful for the right song at the right time. 

25.  I am thankful that I have finally learned how to say thank you, not just today but every night before bed.  It has changed the way I think about the world.

 

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Sunee November 24, 2011 at 3:37 am

Lovely post, Kim! We don’t have a similar holiday in South Africa, which is a shame, because I think sometimes one should take a moment or two to reflect on these things and realise how blessed our lives really are. I can relate to many of the things you’ve mentioned here. Hmm… makes me wonder if it’s not a tradition that our little family should start anyway…

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Kim November 24, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Yes, a great idea! Start the tradition. It is a great holiday, so much better than Christmas which just feels like a shopping holiday these days.

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Lauren November 24, 2011 at 5:46 am

Beautiful! And I am happy that you can admit you love Macy ;)

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Kim November 24, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Haha. Yes, I admit it.

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Carmel November 24, 2011 at 8:00 am

Happy Thanksgiving! That’s a pretty great list.

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Kim November 24, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Thanks Carmel :)

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Sarah Chamberlain November 25, 2011 at 5:05 am

Happy Thanksgiving Kim and Brian and doggies :)
I am thankful for this blog and your honesty which has inspired me to pursue my dreams and not feel like I’m the only crazy person in the world getting rid of all my stuff to travel the world! Really, REALLY thankful :)

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Kim November 26, 2011 at 10:20 am

Sarah! You are so nice. I am thankful for you for encouraging me when I get all “what-the-hell-am-I-doing?” XXXXX

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Ajay November 27, 2011 at 4:28 am

Great Post, Kim. Wonderful list and very thought provoking as well, we get so much in life that we never remember to thank for, happy holidays to you, Brian, your beautiful dogs and your friend / families :-)

Ciao
Ajay

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Kim November 28, 2011 at 8:24 pm

Thank you Ajay. Happy holidays to you too :)

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Wendy Gibson November 28, 2011 at 8:14 am

Im thankful for you my lady!

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Kim November 28, 2011 at 8:24 pm

Wendy! XO! What would I do without you?

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Deborah November 28, 2011 at 9:43 am

Hi Kim! I know I’m late. I spent this Thanksgiving in solitary confinement with a bad upper respiratory tract infection, so am still playing catch-up on all the things I missed. This post touched me so! It’s so eloquent and sincere. Of the many blessing that have entered my life this year, “meeting” you and Brian is near the top of my list! Many thanks, Sweet Spirit!!

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Kim November 28, 2011 at 8:26 pm

Debbie, I hope you are feeling better! So sad to hear that you were sick, and over a holiday… boo. Thank you so much for your kind notes, always. It has been a real blessing to “meet” you as well.

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Janet December 13, 2011 at 12:17 pm

I’m never much of a commenter on blogs, and I realize it was weeks ago, but I wanted to say that I’m thankful that we got to spend Thanksgiving with you both…again. We’ll miss you for sure next year.

And it makes me happy that you always humor me and participate in my wacky Thanksgiving apple turkey craft.

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Kim December 13, 2011 at 5:00 pm

Thanks Janet :) We loved spending Thanksgiving with you guys as well. It was a wonderful night and one I’m sure we’ll look back on fondly next Thanksgiving when we’re God knows where eating God knows what!

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