Giving Thanks

If you live in the United States, you know that one of our favorite holidays is coming up this week, Thanksgiving. So, in the spirit of this holiday, this post is all about gratitude.

Yesterday I was hanging out with my favorite guy, my husband, and we were talking about Christmas. We rarely give each other gifts for Christmas because we feel we have plenty and we don’t buy gifts for the sake of buying. We learned early on in our marriage that gifts don’t express our love and feelings for each other, how we treat each other is the true testament of our love. That has worked out really well for us. We’re never disappointed with our gift because there are not expectations.

Photo by Lucas Lenzi on Unsplash

That being said, when there is something that we want or need and we’re coming up on a holiday, we tell each other. Well, yesterday, my husband told me he really liked the perfume I was wearing and asked what it was. I told him I thought it was from an insert from a Macy’s mailing called Black Opium by YSL. I still had the sheet of paper, so I let him smell it and he said, “yes, that’s it”. I then replied. “I really like it and I’m do for a new perfume(I’m just about out of mine, you can get it for me for Christmas)”. He smiled and replied “I think I can manage it”.

His smile and response warmed my heart. It was so sweet. I told him, that would be great and that “everyday is Christmas with him”. I truly meant it!

I know at this point you’re probably wondering why I’m talking about Christmas and presents when I state in the beginning that the post is going to be about Thanksgiving and gratitude, but the point is I’m so grateful for the life I have with my husband and children, that everyday truly feels like Christmas to me! I feel so fortunate for the life I have and to be blessed with healthy, happy, loving family. Each day I wake up, is like a new gift just waiting to be opened and enjoyed. That is life, life is a gift and each new day brings new opportunities, hope, love and excitement.

I also know that this isn’t the case for everyone. There is a lot of suffering and pain in this world and I know how fortunate I am to be living such a joyous life. I don’t ever want to take it for granted, because I know how valuable and precious it is.

I wish I could wrap up my life of joy and share it with everyone, but I know that isn’t possible because what I perceive as wonderful and special, is my own personal perception. But, I do still wish that each and everyone of you can find joy in this special gift we’re given called “life”.

Image of heart of twigs with white lights
Photo by Steve Halama on Unsplash

Photo credit for main image of fall leaves : Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash

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