Thursday, November 28, 2013

The walk along the Seine ::

Today I'm thankful for the memories of Paris 
that will always live within me.

Today is like any other day. There is a blue sky above us and if I drive far enough an ocean to walk along. Today however seems different, because we have given it significance. We have imbedded it with the special power to make us feel thankful, to make us appreciate all we have, to count our blessings. Today we wake up feeling cheerful, warm and fuzzy and thanking God or whatever we believe in for the good things in our life. However, for most of us we don't practice what we preach and as soon as the leftover turkey is packed into freezer containers we stop being thankful. Tomorrow we'll complain about going back to work, about how we don't have enough money, we'll complain about that person that stole our parking spot, how far the grocery store is and how our family is annoying. But ... were we not just giving thanks for all that? 

In the recent past I have learned a lot, I have learned to be thankful, to be faithful and above all to believe. I am thankful for my parents, for each in their different ways have always been there for me. They have believed in me when I didn't believe in myself, they have pushed me to things I was afraid to do, and they have stood in the sidelines when I demanded unfettered freedom that I later realized was wrong.
 I am thankful for my extended family that in really is not all that extended and mostly considered as close as my parents. My grandmother who on her years on this Earth was the most amazing woman I knew, and I want to be half as good as her. Her wisdom, her love and her creativity all taught me great lessons. My two aunts who have seen me as her daughter, and cared for me as so.

I am thankful for the magical bond between my furry children [cats] and my family. They have changed us all for the better, I have suffered loss, and births and many blessings with them. 

I am thankful for my education, my alma matters and all the lessons I learned that extend beyond the classroom. I learned everything from how to write APA style, how genetical engineered beans are bad for me, how to filet a steak, how to taste wine, how to lead a team and how to send out a marketing plan. But in between all that I learned teamwork, friendship, perseverance, hope and the fact that caffeine really does not help keep you awake. 

I am thankful for the work I do, it is indeed a blessing. God said that 'work dignifies people' and so I always try my best. Whether  it be good or bad, whether you love it or simply work it, it is indeed a good thing to have a job. I am thankful for the opportunity I have had recently to spend time doing what I love most, photography and art and turn it into a small business that will hopefully grow. 

I am also thankful for my few friends, that I have known for years. I am not by any means the perfect friend, in fact I'd say it's really hard for me. But, they stand me and somewhat understand me and I love them all the more for that. I can't wait to spend years with them and their families.

And finally I am thankful for God, for my religion, for the faith that has been in my darkest hours a beacon of light. And in it I have found the strength to help others. 

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