There are times that I forget exactly what a blessed life I lead. I get caught up in the stress and frustration of the day and forget all of the things that make my life one that is enviable and wonderful.
The month of November is when most people remember to be thankful. I’m not sure that I remember even that often. But today, I was struck by all the things in my life that are right and good. All the things for which I need to be appreciative.
- My job. It is stressful, and I’m not sure that I am successful at it, but the truth is, with the changes that were made in August, my job has become a place where I want to work. I work with a crew of dedicated professionals who pitch in and help and support when they can.
- My husband. He is so very good to me. He loves me and would do just about anything for me. I don’t know exactly what I did to deserve it, but I’ve got an incredible relationship. It makes the little things like the dishes not put away or the kitchen not cleaned things that can be worked through.
- My family. My relationship with my mom is something that I treasure, and the relationship I have with Matt’s parents is just as important to me. I’ve got two families who support me and want what is best for me, pulling for things to go right in the life that I’m building, willing to help when and where they can. It is something that I know not everyone can claim that they have. I appreciate it and I am thankful for it.
- My country. I went and cast my ballot today. I didn’t vote for either of the major parties. As I thought about how disgusted I am with the way our government has degraded into gridlock, I realized that I couldn’t vote for either Romney or Obama. Instead, I cast my vote for the Green Party. It’s a female ticket. As I read through their platform, I found I could agree with almost all of it, although I found the emphasis on “green” and how embracing “green” can solve all of our problems to be short-sighted and naive, but here’s the thing…they’re the Green party. What else are they supposed to espouse? I was able, though, to cast the vote that I thought was best. I didn’t have to vote the way someone else wanted me to. I could make that decision independently. I could “waste” my vote if that’s what I wanted to do. No one else told me how to make my voice heard. An incredible luxury.
After we got home from dinner with the parents and voting, Matt was on the loveseat with Bourbon, and Cob was curled up on the couch with me. We had the television on, laughing at The Big Bang Theory. Life is good when the worst thing you’re facing is that the dog is malodorous and makes the entire house stink. And I’m happy.