Give Thanks….

It’s Thanksgiving morning and as the world passes by, I reflect back on what there is to be thankful for.  It seems like the world has gone crazy and the bad far outweighs the good.

We live in a country where our differences still have power over our harmonies.  Cities burn in anger, politicians point fingers and our desire for being right pales in comparison to finding common ground.

In my own life, sadness and grief fill my days as a new stage begins without my parents on this earth.

What is there to be thankful for?

This year, I find myself looking at the small things in life, gestures, kindness and adventures to come that give me reason to be abundantly thankful.

On Thanksgiving morning, 2014, I am thankful for friends who stop by my office “just to give you a hug.” Or friends who text, call and email with messages of love and support. Friends who check back day after day to make sure that I am hanging in and know I have a shoulder to lean on when needed.

I am thankful for the laughter of a child, enjoying the treats found in a Marketing Director’s office.  The fascination and million questions delivered when I needed them most.

I am thankful for people who ignore signs that say “Family Only” and enter anyway, saying I am family…. and you know they mean it.

My heart is filled with the generosity of people who honor a life and help inspire future generations through scholarship.

I am overwhelmed by nurses and Hospice staff who become confidants, support and gentle friends.  These people, are able to make life’s transition bearable, offering words of grace and support when they are most needed.  People who stand in line, to greet a family they barely know, when a loved one passes…. just because.

I am thankful for friends old and new, people who share stories and others who sit and listen.  I am thankful.

When the world seems to be running amok, I am thankful for a family that circles our wagons and shares love with one another.  While small in number, I am thankful that we are Rumsey’s, people of strength, compassion, irreverence, modernity and history.  I am thankful.  And I am thankful for the adventures, and promise of future joy yet to come.

This year I am thankful.  When I sit down to too much turkey and fixings, I will be thankful.  Loss is part of life and I am thankful for the adventures and blessings I had for 50 years with a man who exemplified character.  I am thankful, that I know I will see him again and I am most thankful knowing that he is enjoying a reunion with my mom, brother and countless other loved-ones.

Thanksgiving is about taking stock in the good and bad in our lives and realizing we have much to be thankful for.  It is also a time to realize, maybe it is the small things that are most important after all.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone…… I am thankful!

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