Wednesday, November 25, 2015
First a couple of housekeeping items. 1. We're closing today at 4pm so come in before then for a delicious pre T-giving lunch. We'll be open regular hours for the weekend. Friday 7-9, Saturday 8-9, Sunday 10-3. Bring the family from out of town and let them try your favorite spot! and 2. SPECIAL PRE PRE BLACK FRIDAY SOUP SALE! We have a few cold quarts that would look better in your fridge than ours. Take home a couple to have on hand for the crowds over the weekend. All cold quarts just $5 each.
So every year, I like to write a list of "What I'm thankful for..." I know, it's not very original but it's a great time to pause and think what, in fact, am I thankful for? I was thinking about this when I woke up this morning, composing my list in my head. But this year, I think I'll switch it up. Sure, I'm thankful for all the usual things - family, friend, work, home AND house. But it's really more than that. So much is happening in the world these days. It's hard to watch the news, read a paper, or listen to NPR without getting beaten down. Refugees, terrorism, police malfeasance followed by violent protests, Ebola, HIV, poverty - and the list goes on and on, seemingly ad infinitum. And then there's the electioneering and politicalization of the above. People support the loud and obnoxious, we're told, because their ANGRY! Whatever...
Ultimately, here's what I'm most thankful for - and I say this with as much humility as possible even though it doesn't sound like it. I'm thankful that I grew into the person my parents taught me to be. The kind of person who can, in the face of the horrible, the anger, the sadness, see good, beauty, hope, love and kindness. I'm thankful that when the sunrise sky is pink with possibility I take a second to notice. I'm thankful that waking up in the morning is and exciting and happy experience. I'm thankful that returning home at the end of the day is filled with the warm sweet energy of our dogs and cat, and my partner in life. I'm thankful that, by and large, I learned to not sweat the small stuff, to look at the possibility in life. I'm thankful for the teachers in my life who taught me to look at the forest and not the trees. I'm thankful that my dad gave me the courage to take chances and the humility to know most of success is lots of hard work and a little bit of luck.
I guess I'm just thankful that I have my life. Dad used to say there was no one in the world he would trade his life with - and he met lots of successful, famous, and important people all over the world. I can honestly say, today, Thanksgiving Eve, there is, in fact, no one I'd trade my life with. And that's the best thing in the world for which to be thankful!
Have a great Thanksgiving, and don't forget to give your family a little extra loving this year, they probably need it.