Not just for turkey day

Today is Tuesday, and it is a day of gratitude. I enter this mood today not in service to a religious obligation, but merely as a matter of reflection. I have a lot going on right now, and I’d be sunk without all the help I am getting from family and friends.

I have friends who are helping me move this weekend, and I appreciate them more than I can say—you know someone cares about you when they help you move. I’m not looking forward to all the lifting and carting, but thanks to my friends I won’t be carrying books up the stairs alone. One of these friends has a problem with his printer, and he needs a little help from me tonight. I’m glad to assist, and it’s great to know that none of us has to face our little crises alone.

I’m visiting family this summer, and we’re all getting together in North Carolina. I’m thankful for everyone who helps to make this happen. It makes my family stronger, and we’ve all got a lot of shared memories around this yearly vacation together. I’m also grateful for all the moral support I get from the people who care about me. I’ve had a couple of stressful events in the last few days, and my friends checked in with me to make sure I was surviving and thriving. It makes all the difference.

This may sound sappy, but I’m not trying to veer into Hallmark sentimentality. I think it’s important to stop once in a while and appreciate all the little things that people do for you. We all flourish because of the little kindnesses that happen around us every day. My mood lifts a tiny bit each time I notice one, and I try to give as much to the universe as I receive. Thanks for reading my blog!

Your assignment, should you choose to accept it:

132. What are you grateful for? Who supports you in your daily endeavors? Take a moment to appreciate your blessings and to give thanks.

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