gratitude

It’s getting darker much earlier now which is throwing off my body clock. The dipping temperatures also mark the coming of winter. It was too chilly for my neighborhood walk this weekend. ☹ So you’ll see more inside photos over the winter season, and possibly some retrospectives.

This week, I’m busy giving thanks for the people in my life. These cards won’t be written and sent until December, but I like the thought of showing appreciation for a year of helpfulness and collaboration, instead of just focusing on the annual Food Fest.

A little thank you goes a long way, and one can never over-appreciate a hardworking, caring, dedicated person. It’s actually been fun to think of synonyms with gratitude, and I didn’t mind using an outmoded “benevolence”, and inserting character traits like “helpfulness” and “cheerfulness” that to me are part of the appreciation of that person.

I’m very much looking forward to the Feast with the “Roast Beast” surrounded by my family too. It’s an American tradition we’ve gladly adopted, and we discover new dishes that go with this holiday every year.

Aside from the yummy food the best part is our circle of thanks, where we go around the dinner table saying what we are thankful for. I think it might take a while for me this year!

I wish you a lovely Thanksgiving holiday if you celebrate it, and even if you don’t, why not send a token of appreciation to someone who has been especially meaningful to you this year?

Thank you for reading!

friendship

“To know someone here or there
with whom you can feel there is understanding
in spite of distances or thoughts unexpressed
That can make this life a garden”
~ attributed to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I’ve always considered myself a loner. I was a wallflower during my school years, with my brother my closest friend due to our moves. Especially when coming to the U.S. I didn’t particularly fit in to the social groups.

While I have learned to navigate crowds and can make cheerful small talk in group settings, I prefer deeper conversations in smaller group or one-on-one settings.

My nuclear family has been my constant in my life, and that is where my lifelong friendships have lasted. I also had very dear friends during specific periods in my life. They were there daily when I needed them, but less involved later in life. And then there are those you meet later in life, yet you feel you’ve known them since birth.

As I consider my support network, I realize I have made far more friends over the years than I would give my introverted, home body self credit for. With Facebook and LinkedIn I can review the statistical number of friends and acquaintances I have. Even when subtracting the overlaps and adding the friends I don’t have a social networking link to, I still come up with a three-digit figure.

WOW!

The other amazing thing I realize is that with these reconnections made online or in person, the true friends just pick up where we left off. It doesn’t matter that we haven’t spoken for decades or that our lives have taken entirely different turns. The kindred spiritedness still shines through.

So thank you, friends, for supporting and sheltering me through all these years. It’s been a pleasure knowing you, and I look forward to growing our relationships over the course of our lives.

“Friendship is a sheltering tree”
~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge