What I'm Thankful For

Tis the time for giv­ing thanks, think­ing about what we’re thank­ful for and hope­fully, let­ting those in our lives know we’re thank­ful for their friend­ship, com­pan­ion­ship, and love. Tis also the sea­son of mate­r­ial abun­dance — gifts we buy for oth­ers, and our­selves. As I con­tem­plate all that I’m thank­ful for in my life, there’s much. True, I’ve had my dark days (months and even years per­haps), but though I may sit on my “pitty-potty” once in awhile, I do real­ize there are many oth­ers in this vast world of ours that strug­gle daily for basic needs — food, shel­ter, med­ical care. It’s when I think of oth­ers less for­tu­nate that I know that no mat­ter how bad a day I’m hav­ing or my cur­rent strug­gles, my life is blessed. And for this I’m ever thankful.

Con­tem­plat­ing what I’m most thank­ful for this year, I’ve come up with the following:

MUSIC - oh how I love music. I’m most thank­ful for hav­ing seen my favorite singer/songwriter, Brandi Carlile, per­form 6 times live.

BOOKS - and I love to read. Every­thing. I’m thank­ful for the elo­quent, lyri­cal writ­ings of my favorite poet, Paul Lau­rence Dun­bar.

ART — I adore art, espe­cially paint­ings. I’m thank­ful for the cre­ative abil­ity I have to paint

PRIVATE TIME — this is some­thing I crave. I’m thank­ful for the quiet, pri­vate time I have — even if it’s in small amounts.

LEARNING/TEACHING — I have a great time teach­ing and am a life­long learner. For this, I’m ever grateful.

LIPSTICK — funny, I know. But this girl loves loves her lip­stick and espe­cially of the red vari­ety. Thank you, Sephora - love, one of your VIBs.

GIRLFRIENDS — my life wouldn’t be com­plete with­out the tremen­dous group of girl­friends I have in my life — oh.so.thankful.

And YOU. Yes, you — our deli­cious, veve­li­cious read­ers. I thank you for pro­vid­ing me the oppor­tu­nity to express myself and those of our won­der­ful team of blog­gers. I’m espe­cially thank­ful for the veve­li­cious team who’ve joined me on this fun and fab­u­lous jour­ney into blog­land. Merci beau­coup!

What are you thank­ful for this hol­i­day season?

Writ­ten by Ms. Renee Vevea, liv­ing each day with grat­i­tude.