What are you thankful for?

Today, in the U.S., it’s Thanksgiving Day.  My relatives are gathering here and there, getting ready to eat turkey and cranberry sauce and give thanks.  What are you thankful for?  That question will be asked at dining room tables all over the country today.  Some people will groan (especially teenagers) thinking it’s a really corny question.  I think it’s a very nice question.  I’m not afraid of it.

And, when I thought about it today in a quiet moment, what I’m most thankful for is that I’m not afraid.  I’m not afraid of being blown up by terrorists.  I stand a much higher chance of being killed in a car accident than being hurt by terrorists, and I don’t spend my days being afraid of car accidents. 

I’m not afraid of violent crime since I’m careful not to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and besides violent crime is really low here.  I’m lucky there.  

I’m not afraid of losing my house or my job, although “concerned” and “watchful” are more appropriate words.  These days you have to keep your eyes and ears open and be careful to prepare for bad news.  The company I work for has instituted a hiring freeze, a training freeze and project and budget cuts.  Who knows, maybe layoffs are next.  I think though that I’m pretty safe.  At least I hope so.  In any case, I’m not afraid.

I’m not afraid of becoming sick.  Well, here again, I think careful watchfulness is how I feel.  I run and go to the gym and try (honestly I try) to eat good food.  The rest is up to genetics, environment and just plain luck.  At least where I live I know I’ll always have decent health care, no matter how much money I might or might not have.  That takes a huge amount of fear out of my mind.

I’m not afraid of losing DB and I don’t think he’s afraid of losing me.  I can’t imagine any two people who are better suited to each other.  He’s sitting on one couch at this very moment with his laptop open and reading who-knows-what on the internet.  I’m sitting on the other couch writing this on my laptop.  Need I say more?

I’m not afraid of catastrophes hitting us.  Come on, who can predict that and what can you do about it?  No point worrying and being afraid.  

So, over all, I’m pretty thankful about all that.

I wish that I could be with my family today.  I miss my mom.  I miss M. and the kids.  I wish a lot of things in the world were different and especially I wish that everyone could be thankful for not being afraid.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

One thought on “What are you thankful for?

  1. Cassandra November 29, 2008 / 15:27

    What a lovely post! I miss Thanksgiving dreadfully, it is a wonderful opportunity to take stock of what we have and not envy what we don’t. I’m thankful for the happy relationships of all sorts I have in my life — with my family, my boy, my colleagues, my work. They all, in many different ways, bring me joy.

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