Oh sure, I know a lot of you don't celebrate Thanksgiving or don't celebrate it this time of year. And yes, I know there are problems with this particular holiday. But for me Thanksgiving is about taking the time to celebrate all that is good and right with my life. I don't know about you, but most of the time I am focused on all that is not right -- and what I need to do to change that. I can be so focused on what has to be fixed that I forget to notice all that is perfectly good just as it is.
There's nothing wrong with taking the time to acknowledge -- to celebrate -- that there is much to be thankful for.
Here are five things I'm thankful for:
1 - Another year spent with my family. My parents are old enough now that I'm particularly happy to see them at every holiday table. And my nieces and nephews are getting to an age where they may well choose to spend holidays with friends or -- eventually -- new family. So I treasure these last holidays while we are still in stasis.
2 - Having enough -- more than enough -- to eat. I wish this could be true for everyone.
3 - Good wine shared with good friends.
4 - The fact that I am still passionate about writing. I love my job. And I know how fortunate I am to be able to say so.
5 - The Film Preservation Society. It's important work and I'm so glad people have undertaken this cause. Because the protection and preservation of art is no small thing to a society.
What are you thankful for this autumn? What do you have to be grateful for?