Thanksgiving gratitude

Turkey. Stuffing. Football. Pumpkin pie. Wine. (Oh, the wine.)

For many of us, these are the things we think about when we think of Thanksgiving. But while we’re stuffing our faces and over-imbibing tomorrow, let’s not forget the opportunity this holiday provides. Let’s pause and reflect on what we have to be grateful for in our lives.

Personally, I appreciate the moment to stop and remember the simple goodness. It’s easy to get caught up in our lives. We stress out about cleaning the house for company and forget to be grateful we have a house and loved ones to share the day with. We fret over having too much work to do — without pausing to be grateful we have enough work to pay our bills.

This year, I’m immensely grateful for my husband and my son and their health and happiness. I’m grateful that my parents are healthy and that I’ve been able to watch them be amazing grandparents. I am grateful for the great work I get to do — and the wonderful, talented people I get to work with and for. And I’m grateful for you, dear readers and friends, who check in every Wednesday on this blog and write with us.

Tomorrow, we get to press “pause” on work and spend time celebrating with family and friends. For this — and the opportunity to savor the good — I am grateful.

I hope you’ll take the time to pause and reflect as well. In honor of Thanksgiving, I offer this week’s writing prompt: What are you grateful for?