My two favorite holidays of the year are the Fourth of July and Thanksgiving. I love the 4th because it’s all about celebrating how we have evolved as a nation, from the underdog to the top dog, in less than two hundred and forty years. I also love Thanksgiving because it speaks about being humble; that is being thankful for what we have. It is our last chance to evaluate all the good we have in our lives before the onslaught of the mercenary Christmas season creeps in.
If truth be told, no gift is required for either of my favorite holidays and that is precisely why they remain my favorites. No concern about disappointing someone or getting the wrong color or size on these days. Just the pure human emotion of being truly thankful for what we have.
The older I get, the more I find I need less in my life to be happy. Gone are the days of wanting the five bedroom home near the ocean, or of wanting to look like Heidi Klum. Suddenly, I’m okay being me and I actually like the colonial house I live in. But here’s what I am really thankful for.
As I evaluate my life, I realize that I have done mostly everything I ever dreamed of wanting to do. First and foremost, I got married and had a daughter who grew up to become a doctor, despite this being nearly genetically impossible. I had a career in education that was diverse and satisfying and even got to write a bit about my experiences and then some.
My passion for the arts was realized when I got the opportunity to teach dance for over ten years because someone took a chance on me. But mostly I’m thankful to have the same people at my holiday table this year that were there last year. I’ve learned that everything unfolds as it should and all we really have is today.
For that, all of us should be thankful .
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