Thursday, November 27, 2008

Giving Thanks...

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(photocopied from gift wrap)

Thanksgiving in America is a day that is set aside especially for us to give thanks for all of our blessings. This is not simply a day to eat a fabulous meal. Taking the time to think about what you are grateful for is a soul-searching, therapeutic task, one which helps you to focus on what is truly important in your life.

My life has come full circle this year in many ways. I am once again an empty-nester, as all of my children are grown or away at college. I am grateful that they all have excelled in school and are furthering their education to help them have successful futures.

I am thankful for a supportive, loving husband of 30 years, who never ceases to amaze me with his patience in my unusual choices of hobbies, activities, obsessions and quirks.

I am grateful to have gotten back to writing again through this blog, and to have you—my readers—to share my passions of eating organic and living more green. Thanks to all of you who have shared in helping me attract nearly 1500 visitors and write about 130 posts in just 5 months since I began on July 4th. What a liberating Independence Day that was for me in so many ways.

I am thankful that I have been fortunate enough to raise three environmentally aware children, who will each, in their own way, help to support and further my goal of contributing to a healthier Earth. After all, if we are not part of the solution, then we are part of the problem.

I appreciate the blessings of my life in more ways than I ever share, which is why I chose to write this post as a Thanksgiving Essay. I am fortunate to have a budding business, a wonderful husband, 3 great kids, caring family and friends, and a terrific bunch of pets, all which bring me much joy.

Finally, I am grateful to have gotten through some tough times with my health, and now appear to be on the right road. Diet and lifestyle are playing a huge part in my healing process. With the support of friends and family, my positive attitude has grown, and I am optimistic that 2009 will be an even healthier year.

I encourage you to take time to count your blessings. It will open a window into your soul, and allow sunlight to filter in, cultivating your garden of appreciation. Happy Thanksgiving.

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