Thanksgiving for real

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Photos like this remind me of how amazing this world is, and how beautiful life can be.

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you are spending it with people you love.

Although I'm not at home with family, friends, and my beloved gravy and pumpkin pie, I have lots to be thankful for. For example:

1. The English language
Over the past couple of days, I've been getting a head start on learning my Chinese characters and I am reminded of how difficult this task is. Some words differ from others by only one line or a short stroke. This could easily drive me crazy. So I am thankful, so very thankful, for the English alphabet and language. A nice systematic way to express oneself!

2. My family
Of course, I am thankful for my family and that we are all in good health, and that they have been so supportive of me.

3. My friends
Friends old and new (I have made many friends through this blog this past year) fill my days with smiles and laughter. We're all just trying to get by in life, hoping that today is a little better than yesterday, and my friends are the people who help me remember to keep on keepin' on.

4. Leisure
I'm so, so thankful that I have the luxury to have been able to quit my job and take this time off to "find myself." I know, especially in these times, that not many people can afford to not work. I hope to use this time wisely, since I know what it's like to sort of be on the other side, working in a job that isn't the right fit, wishing that something better would come along or to be able to do something I love.

5. Joy in little places
Sometimes it's hard to find joy, even in the little things. And then there are times when everything is a cause to smile. I've had so much to smile about this year, especially with all the little things, like funny little tweets, reading my favorite blogs, my new little crush on Jordan Knight, having a little something to look forward to every week, finding a great song ...

Speaking of music ... :)

I don't like Rascal Flatts at all, but I can't help but like this song:

I found out (too late) that there are a number of places here in Taipei that do Thanksgiving lunches and dinners. Most of these meals come at an exorbitant cost (pumpkin pies go for $20, at minimum), but the idea is nice! Well, if I'm still here this time next year, I know what I'll be doing!

Happy Thanksgiving, my fellow Americans!

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