I am incredibly grateful for each and every one of you and instead of my usual list of 100 Things I’m Grateful For that I sometimes post at Thanksgiving, (see previous year’s posts here and here) this year I’ve decided to send you Thanksgiving blessings. Seven of them. These Thanksgiving blessings (that I wrote especially for you) are not only for Thanksgiving, but for the upcoming holiday season.
Some of you may roll your eyes at the word “blessings,” but really, we could all use a few, myself included. We stay so busy and distracted this time of year (well, actually all year), and we tend to forget how important community is to us. Whether it’s a blog community like this one, a writing community (like the Fearless Writing for Women groups), or communities in our very own neighborhoods, towns and cities, we’d be awfully lonely without each other.
I am also aware that the holidays can be rough for a lot of people. Especially those who are alone or have recently experienced a loss or for those who are estranged from their families or perhaps not as close as they’d like to be. So I offer these Thanksgiving blessings not as sugar-coating to the sometimes saccharin holidays, but as my sincere wish for you. As a writer, I would be nothing without you, dear readers. Here is what I wrote just for you:
May your holidays be a joyous and deeply felt celebration no matter where you are.
May you be a gracious host and a thoughtful guest, as well as enjoy your own company.
May you be a kind and caring friend and have your friendship returned in a multitude of ways.
May you experience deep, heartfelt connections in unexpected places.
May you know that your community is richer having you in it and may you act accordingly.
May you experience that your life matters, no matter what the season.
May you feel that you are loved and valued in this moment, especially from within.
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