What are you thankful for? It’s time to return to the grind after Thanksgiving. Shrug off the last of the food-induced sleepiness and maybe grab an extra cup of coffee. There is a lot to be thankful for. The world might have given you a small vacation, a small escape from reality, but we have to keep moving. If you worked in retail or entertainment the past few days, like my younger sister, you have my respect. I too worked a few holidays and missed on a few memories.
I am thankful for my family, with more cousins than I have fingers and toes, and their stories. I have always been a plane ride and taxi cab away. I am not at every single birthday or anniversary. But I am thankful when I am. The stories and relationships my siblings, my parents, my aunts, and my cousins bring enrich my own world. I am thankful I have someone to yank me by the collar of my jacket and pull me away from work. It is so very easy to lose perspective when you grind alone. Telephone calls and letters do not make a person, physical touch, and eye contact, those do.
One of my oldest friends met me for coffee on Saturday morning. It was the first time he was meeting my boyfriend. After his first sip of coffee, he leaned forward, clasped his hands together, and said, “So how are things?”
When I responded with a hesitance, “Things are good,” he raised an eyebrow.
“Well, that sounded confident and reassuring.”
Daily, I try to think about what I am thankful for. My family and friends will always rank highest. My boyfriend is up there too. It’s a three-way-tie. But as I continue on through my first day back after travel, I want to tell you the “unseen” thing I am thankful for. I am thankful for tenacity. Witihout tenacity there would be no business, no MBA, and no fight to keep these relationships alive as I drive full-force towards the future. Tenacity is what makes my life “Good” with a bit of hesitance – there is more out there for me and while what I have now is good – I want to keep pushing towards the great.
I can’t wait for what’s next on the horizon.
“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.”