Yep, there’s a lot to be thankful for this year. First and foremost, I’m still standing after the perfect storm of circumstances that made this the busiest autumn ever. For one thing, I finished a six-year slog of financial courses, and that all by itself is worth a whole pumpkin pie. I’ve recently been blessed with a second helping of work at my day job to make up for missing staff. I’ve also released two books and written a third (hopefully none turkeys), plus all the attendant promotional trimmings. Writing is truly a labour of love, and I’ve been blessed by having that love acknowledged. I’m hugely grateful for writing friends and readers, who’ve cheered me along through the highs, lows, bottlenecks, and indigestion.
There have been some sad moments. Two coworkers suffered serious illnesses, one fatal. To put it simply, it’s too easy to take people for granted, and it’s hard when you lose one of the good guys.
I’m thankful for little things, like the stroke of luck that yesterday led me past about three hundred rain-drenched Twilight fans and into a primo movie seat with zero waiting time. And big things – like having food in the fridge. Most of all, I’m grateful that I’m in a position to help myself to survive. So many aren’t.
In conjunction with some animal-loving friends, I’ve put together a “send an ecard, help an animal” page on my web site. The ecards are free to you, but for every one sent, a small donation is made toward the veterinary care of a fuzzy friend in need. Check it out for a hit of instant good karma.