I just realized that while I still have control of the Internet-enabled computer…I should probably write some entry in the spirit of the holiday.
Thanksgiving dinner was a quiet event, just the good ol’ nuclear family eating a meal together. The day wasn’t eventful at all – I just majorly slept in and haven’t been doing too much, so this entry will probably end up being the most interesting and worthwhile thing I’ve done today.
I guess if there’s ever a day to think about how lucky we are, today works. Never hurts to count those blessings every so often…never, ever, take them for granted.
I think there is…I have…a lot to be thankful for.
In the spirit of the day, I have some words.
For the family – mother, father, sister: when they’re understanding or not, whether they’re at their best or not – being with me for these years, scolding, praising, learning, teaching…there’s only gratitude to those who have raised me into the person I am.
For the friends: I find it hard to write something here, in large part because it’s difficult to express exactly what you’ve been. You’ve been close as family, helpful as any teacher, fun to be with, hard to get along without, and in the end you’ve had one of the greatest parts in making any day as good as it could have been.
For the teachers, anyone from whom I’ve ever learned: your words and
actions – intentional or not, meant for me or not – have and always
will impact the decisions I’ve made and will make; affect the way I’ve
seen and will see. You’ve shaped my thoughts, sharpened my mind, shown
me the way to becoming the person I want to be. There’s only respect
for those who try to teach, and I can only try to repay you all by
continuing to learn each day and by passing on your gifts.
For those who’ve cared: your care has affected me more than anything else has and can. Through your care, you’ve raised me to heights I never could’ve reached alone; shown me that there’s more to life than the chaos of the aimless or the silence of walking alone; helped me realize one of the things I seek. Just by being who you are, you inspire me and others, making the days worthwhile, making the world a better place. It is your opinions that I value above those of others; it is your thoughts that I like to hear; it is by your side that I wish to walk; it is to lift your spirits that I fight through thick and thicker; it is your happiness that makes my day, and your smiles that brighten mine.
For circumstance: whatever has brought us here, given me the luxury of time to write this, the education that has allowed me to express thoughts, the fortune that has let me meet anyone I’ve met and experience all that I’ve experienced.
For those moments of silence…in those rare occasions where the organized chaos of life is hard to bear, these moments are a brief but welcome respite, time to think, reflect, plan, organize, and prepare.
For those shooting stars…the simple beauty, elegance, and all that they stand for.
For the unknown, and the hope it implies.
For the bad in life, in their depth and intensity showing us that there are things equally as good, illustrating for us the price of carelessness and reminding us to be vigilant.
For the good in life – everything I’ve written, everything I haven’t, and anything else that hasn’t been included.
I prefer awareness over ignorance; smiles over frowns; sincerity over deceit; moderation over excess; capability over helplessness; consideration over haste; deliberation over carelessness; depth over shallowness; security over fear; care over apathy. Those are what I prefer, but I understand you can hardly have one without the other. So I guess we take them together, in that package we call…life…and try to make the best of it. It might seem bad at times, but there’s so much to be thankful for anyway.
So for all of the above and to anyone who’s ever had any part in making life as good as it’s been:
Think of what matters to you, of who and what you care about. Count your own blessings.
Thank you. And Happy Thanksgiving.
^^ Looking forwards now, a bit, to tomorrow.