Gobble, Gobble 2011 Part Three

You must be wondering, "will she ever finish this?". The answer is yes. That nasty blood draw took way more out of me than I realized. It also brought still unresolved "issues" to the surface. I know, because I'm still reeling. So my turkey day will be pushed ahead to tomorrow.

This year I'm thankful for the gift of grace that I extend to myself. Normally I would push through all the mental stuff that's come up and just make the lousy turkey. But see what a foul mood I'd be in? So I've given myself the grace to put it off and not feel guilty or obligated to any imagined time frame. It feels good and I'm thankful for that.

I'm grateful for enjoying cooking. I'm grateful that I've learned that I need very little. I'm grateful that I'm learning to live in peace with myself and the concept that I don't "need" someone to complete me. I'm grateful for a rich and vivid imagination and the ability to create things. I'm grateful that I can draw almost anything. I'm grateful for sunny days, seeing the seasons and refreshing rain to wash everything off. I'm grateful for surviving a terrible illness years ago and two very serious accidents with semi trailer trucks. I'm grateful that neither were my fault. I'm grateful that my dad taught me to be a good, relaxed driver. I'm grateful for my decades long friendship with my pen pal who lives in The Netherlands and that time stands still between our visits. That's a rare gift. I'm grateful that I've been able to travel and visit so many countries and meet wonderful people. I'm grateful that I enjoy languages and though not fluent, even remotely, in any, try to practice them for the country I visit. I don't presume that they will speak English and don't expect them to. "Charades" have served me well over the years and provided some good laughs. I'm grateful though, when people do know English. I'm grateful for so very many, many things we all take for granted.

I hope you have something you can be grateful for and that you find happiness and peace as we approach another new year. We have so little time on this earth and I'm grateful to realize that. Thank you for reading and bearing patiently with me as I finish my Thanksgiving post(s). Now go hug someone, even if it's yourself! You, of all people, deserve it.

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Anonymous Andrea said...

My goodness - well that was a trying Thanksgiving! There is actually a very real, very ingrained response that explains why some people faint like that. It's not in your head - it's your body's way of protecting itself. Your blood pressure drops and your heart rate slows way down to stop yourself from bleeding any more than you have to. Happy belated Thanksgiving to you and thank you for being a faithful blog reader. I'm terrible about responding to comments or leaving them myself but I do appreciate them - very much so!

11/26/11, 9:51 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

Andrea, thanks so very much for the explanation and for stopping by. Makes total sense! I feel a little less like a nut-job :D
Hope your holidays are happy and peaceful! Hi, to the "girls and the kitters" and your family. :)
Love your blog!

11/26/11, 11:43 PM  

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