October 10, 2011

An Attitude of Gratitude

Weirdos that we are, we Canadians like to contain our pumpkiny holidays to the month of October (though as far as I'm concerned, every day should be a celebration of the pumpkin). Today is Thanksgiving in Canada, and as such, I thought a little 'counting my blessings' was in order.

"Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don't unravel." 
~ Author Unknown ~

There are a lot of things that I am fortunate to have but sadly I don't spend enough time being grateful for them. Chief among these are:

1)  My family:  All weird and wacky, but wonderful in their own way.


2)  My husband:  An immensely supportive and all around great human being, and also my best friend.

In case you don't recognize it, this is what happy & lucky looks like.

3)  My kitties:  These little critters alternately drive me bonky and give me the warm fuzzies. They provide me with all kinds of love, cuddles, and pure entertainment.

Pete (actually a "she") and Puck (who has lived up to his
name in so many mischievous and trouble-making ways).

4)  Food & Shelter:  An obvious one but seriously, in this world and in these economic times, I can't say 'thank you' enough for something that I very regularly take for granted. There but for the grace of God go I, and what not.


5)  Books:  Books, books, and more books. But most of all, the ability to access and actually read them. 

6)  Good health:  I actually thought twice about including this which sounds weird, I know. I'm not exactly superstitious, but it seems like one of those 'famous last words' kind of things. Maybe the fact that I'm aware that I might be jinxing myself will negate any Alanis Morrisette "Ironic" scenarios that might result. Maybe.


7)  Mounties, Maple Syrup, and Sidney Crosby:  Say what? All things Canadian. I'm fortunate to come from a country that values FREEDOM on so many levels. Not only this, but I'm grateful that I live somewhere where I am largely free from harm or persecution. I may wish sometimes that I was born somewhere cooler (not temperature-wise, believe me), but ultimately I'm pretty proud and thankful to be Canadian (and that's not at all a slight in any way to the many other wonderful countries in this world).

A tribute to the great relationship between Canada 
and the United States. Thank you, Tom Brokaw.

8)  You!:  I'm grateful for the many people I've stumbled across on the blogosphere, including you. The encouragement, the tips, the insight - it's irreplaceable. 


Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson~ 

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