Gratitude

Thanksgiving

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, one of my favorite holidays.  I love the time with family, the fact that it is a secular rather than a religious holiday that all Americans are able to celebrate no matter our backgrounds or beliefs, I love the turkey and stuffing, and most of all I love the reminder to stop and reflect on all there is to be thankful for.

The past year has been a rough one in many respects – the challenging political environment, Don’s struggles to adjust to retirement and both of our struggles to adjust to the realities of his aging, the deaths of family members and friends…

But there is also so much to be grateful for.  Despite the age-related issues that Don faces overall our health is actually really good.  We love our home and our beach lifestyle.  We’ve enjoyed some fabulous trips, and good visits from and with family and friends.  While we are not fabulously wealthy, we are financially secure enough that we will be able to sustain our current lifestyle after I retire next year.  We have family that we love, and a wide network of friends.  In short, life is good.

Happy Thanksgiving to anyone reading this!