Last Monday was Thanksgiving here in Canada. Time to count my blessings—which I should really do more often than once a year. I spend far too much time bemoaning the things I don’t have and forget to be thankful for what I have.
1) Family – not just the husband and kids but my parents, sister, in-laws and extended family. They are extremely supportive and generous. Not a bad apple among them.
2) Health – I’ve been lucky not to have many problems so far. May it continue!
3) Friends – I don’t have a large group of friends, but the ones I have are the best I’ve ever had. Loyal and caring, fun and tolerant of my quirks!
4) Living in a prosperous country – my standard of living is modest; my dreams of European vacations and a brand-new kitchen are beyond reach at the moment. But let’s face it, I’m better off than most people in the world. My own ancestors would’ve worked a lot harder than I do for a lot less. Most of us take our modern comforts for granted.
5) The opportunity to express myself through writing – I complain about slow sales and those occasional unflattering reviews, but really, diving into publishing has been an awesome experience. Beyond the thrill of having my work read and enjoyed by complete strangers, I’ve been able to connect with other authors who understand the ups and downs of the business. The occasional glowing reviews make it all worthwhile.
Happy belated Thanksgiving to my fellow Canadians, and may my American friends have many blessings to count for their Thanksgiving next month.