This is the time of year when we are “supposed” to be thankful. And I am. I’m thankful all year for the many, many blessings I’ve had throughout my entire life.
But having gone through a major loss within the past year and a half, I see a glimpse of why some may feel this season is an additional emotional burden. We are “supposed” to be happy. We are “supposed” to be grateful. Bah, humbug, right?
Well, maybe it’s attitude that either overrides or expresses gratitude. (And maybe this human emotional roller coaster can be good fodder for our writing, our character development!)
So, here’s what I’m grateful for:
- I’m healthy
- I live where the sun shines most days
- I can go hiking in 60-degree weather in November and even some days in December and January
- I have great friends
- My family
- My ability to write
- My editing clients who keep me as busy as I want to be
- Four published books—I’m living my dream!
So wherever you are—even if we’re spending Thanksgiving with strangers instead of family—have a wonderful day full of Gr-Attitude!
|A native Montanan, Heidi M. Thomas now lives in North-central Arizona where she blogs, teaches writing, and edits. Her first novel, Cowgirl Dreams, is based on her grandmother, and the sequel, Follow the Dream, won the national WILLA Award. The next book in the series is Dare to Dream, and a non-fiction book Cowgirl Up! A History of Rodeo Women, is also available. Heidi has a degree in journalism and a certificate in fiction writing.|