Monday, November 21, 2011

Gratitude

Just so you know, I am going to take a few days off this week. Between company coming (and my need to clean) and NaNoWriMo (and my need to write) and my need to finish editing Azalea Assault, I just have enough to do that I thought taking a brief blog break would be a good idea. I will get one in next weekend (Friday or Saturday) and then be back to normal (meaning normal schedule, not actually BEING normal—as that would be abnormal) next Monday.

Today, though, I thought I'd reflect a little on some of the MANY MANY things I'm grateful for.


Health

I have some back pain and am overweight, but all in all, I am pretty darned healthy. I haven't been so sick I had to take off from work since maybe 2004 (only twice in the last decade). I don't get regular headaches or stomach trouble or heartburn. I take no prescriptions. I try to eat some good stuff most days (fresh fruits and veggies) and I get a lot of exercise, but mostly I just feel very fortunate, because a lot of people who work a lot harder have more health trouble than I do.


My Immediate Family

I know I grumble sometimes, but it really is more in humor than anything else. In reality, I have a thoughtful husband who is nurturing and handsome, and two gorgeous kids. My daughter is creative, sweet, beautiful and funny. She is also sensitive, particularly where her soft spot for animals is concerned. My son is smart, hysterical, and embraces my own need to be just a little odd. They are all healthy, they are usually fairly happy, and for the most part, we get along pretty well. I love them (animals included, of course).



My Extended Family

This one is a little bittersweet because they are just too far away. As most people do, I have two branches to my family, and they are pretty darned opposite. The one scattered a little when my grandma died, so they don't get together. At all. Thankfully, I have reconnected with parts of it. The other side was always close... geographically close enough when I was growing up that we got together for every birthday and holiday. The kind of family who walks in with just a 'yoohoo' instead of knocking, who pitch in to help clean up even when it isn't their house. I miss them badly. My generation has scattered a little, but these are still some of my favorite people.


My Job

I know I'd like to make enough writing to not have one, but considering I really NEED one, I am glad to have one I feel does important work, focused on bettering lives. It's interesting and my boss is FABULOUS.


The Chance to Write

I am very aware not everybody is in a place in their life where they have the time. I think people who have to work full time and have younger families have it especially rough. I know this because I was there for a while—a long time, in fact. I am very glad to have reached a place where stealing that time doesn't have drastic consequences, because honestly, the writing is how I most feel like me.


Facebook

Silly as this one sounds, I have reconnected with SO MANY people I thought I'd lost forever (including some of that family)—it is a powerful tool that way. I've also met a number of new friends... meeting friends of friends—engaging in conversations and finding like minds—it really is just a pretty great thing to do!


And Last But Not Least


Our Blogosphere!!!

I am grateful for ALL of you! For those of you who teach me. For those who entertain me. But most especially for the support system we've managed to create. We all have each others backs and lift each other up. We help each other feel less isolated, and help navigate waters we haven't been in before. We share the pain and the victory, the former made less by sharing, the latter made sweeter by lifting other peoples' hopes, that they will get there too.

Speaking of... my buddy Liz is giving away some books as she leads up to the release of Specific Gravity, so if you'd like some great books about sex and beer, head over to her place and enter! http://www.brewingpassion.com/

I know it is only Thanksgiving in the US this week, but I am thankful for all of you! Have an amazing week!

21 comments:

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Glad you're taking some days off, Hart! Good luck with the editing and enjoy the time with your family. Nice post on gratitude! Happy Thanksgiving. :)

Rebecca Bradley said...

Have a great time with the visiting company and I hope the writing time goes well.

We all have things to be thankful for and it's nice to remember those things. A lovely post.

Old Kitty said...

Awwww lovely Tart!! What a really sweet and most NAKED post!! Awwww! I feel all warm inside now!!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!! Take care
x

Tonja said...

Your post made me happy. I feel the same way. Except I'm lucky not to have to work. And my health sucks. But I'm working on it.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You have much for which to be thankful! Enjoy your week with Thanksgiving and family and hope to see you around.
And I hope you like my post title today.

Lauri said...

I'm grateful for facebook too :) I've gotten to know my nieces and nephews better, reconnected with so many friends, and keep in better touch with family. Happy Thanksgiving!

Johanna Garth said...

Happy Thanksgiving Hart! Enjoy your blogger vacation. I'm grateful for you because your positive, caring blog always makes me smile!!

L.G.Smith said...

All great things to be grateful for. Have a fantastic Thanksgiving. :)

Helena said...

Have a great Turkey Day with your great family, immediate and otherwise.

Christine Murray said...

This is such a lovely post! It's nice sometimes to think of the good in our lives, rather than always focusing on the things we want to improve.

Happy Thanksgiving!

LynnRush said...

Great post. It's nice to reflect on what we have to be thankful for. I think it keeps us grounded. Because we're all so blessed. I know I can sometimes forget that! Thanks for this!

JCS said...

Time off is good! I'm thankful to have a Couch to Keg Buddy like you!

Sarah Ahiers (Falen) said...

Yay! Happy thanksgiving! Enjoy your time off. Though if you're poking about online on wednesday, i have some fun news to share

Jan Morrison said...

I've been a little missing in the blogosphere of late due to actual paying work that I can't ignore BUT I'm very grateful for you all. Hope you have a good Thanksgiving. Ours was so long ago I can't remember it. Oh yeah, we didn't have turkey. I like turkey.

Michael Offutt, Expert Critic said...

I too need to lose some weight. We'll do it together...after Thanksgiving.

Cold As Heaven said...

Enjoy your days off. I'm taking Friday off too (from work), since school is closed and we get a nice oportunity for a long weekend in the mountains. Will bring my PC for writing, but no work-related stuff >:)

Cold As Heaven

Christopher Allen said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Hart!

Deb and Barbara said...

Beautiful post, Hart! And we're thankful for you too. And those things I would never have known to be grateful for a mere few years ago: FB and blogosphere. Good luck with the writing!
B

Matthew MacNish said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Hart!

Julie Hedlund said...

This is a fantastic list! I totally agree with you about Facebook and the blogosphere. So many reconnections and new connections.

Enid Wilson said...

Great post. I should do something similar. Good that you feel healthier than before. That's the most important thing in life. It's the basis of other things.

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