What are you thankful for?

“What are you thankful for?”

“Family” says Ammu.
“Turkey” says Pattu and runs away with an impish smile.

I look expectantly at Saathi. “For the lovely ladies in my life” he says with a twinkle.

I turn inward.

“What am I thankful for?”

Each year the answer evolves. All years include family, friends and food but each year there is some amount of personal evolution to account for. This year for me it is the ability to love myself for who I am. Warts and all. It is about being able to look at the journey I have been on and feel proud of all the hurdles I have navigated. It is about feeling content. About being in the now. It is about being honest with myself when I do not feel the emotions I am expected to feel. It is also about understanding and letting go of expectations in relationships.

As we get ready to join Thanksgiving dinner at our friend’s home, I wonder about the individual journeys. What is everyone feeling thankful for?

Happy Thanksgiving all!


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2 thoughts on “What are you thankful for?

  1. In terms of personal evolution, I feel like I have lost myself a little this year. So I am thankful for real life heroes. Not the save the world ones, but ordinary folks juggling curve balls that life throws at them while plodding along the ordinary course of life. I am immensely thankful for their stories because they teach me resilience.

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