Today’s prompt idea was generated by Sandra, from Finger Candy, blogger from the Northern wilds (of cosmopolitan Ontario). Leave it to a Canadian to turn the established notion of gratitude upside down and challenge us FFSers to thank ourselves this Thanksgiving. Quite honestly, this one made me a little anxious. Not that I’m reluctant to pat myself on the back on occasion, or put it into writing (I am a blogger) it’s only that I couldn’t think of a deserving reason to do so. As I began to examine the past year however, I discovered I have much to be thankful for (even to myself):
- Especially starting with the 2016-17 season, I’m grateful for becoming a better Speech coach. Though my hours are limited and the guidance my husband provides can’t be duplicated, I have become more open, available, accepting, understanding, demanding of, and dependable for our team. I can now say it and truly feel in my heart, I am a coach. A coach to 20 teenagers no less, with all of their flaws, weaknesses, opinions and brilliance. It is the most worthwhile activity I do and anything worth doing is worth doing well, with my whole heart. I didn’t fully realize it until the last couple years, but I have relied on it with this year’s distinctly challenging team.
Just last night at a fundraiser (oh yes, held the evening before Thanksgiving), I was reminded of my influence. A member who graduated last year came out to support the team, I hadn’t see her since summer and after big hugs and catching up, she said “I have a picture of you on my college dorm wall, Mrs. S!” My heart was full.
- I’m thankful I put on my adult planning pants for dreaming and scheming up a friends’ trip to New York City. And I actually carried it out! I wouldn’t have had the confidence to do it 10 years ago (one of the benefits of turning 40, you get stuff done). Coordinating my first Air BnB stay, and a possibly tricky mid-trip move, snagging a crazy good deal on bus fare and not freaking out during an even crazier bus trip. I brought together a group of far-apart friends, some who’d never met, navigated the insanity of NYC with confidence (mostly), and created some kick-ass memories with wonderful friends, yay to me!
- I’m thanking myself for starting a garden, along with my husband who did the heavy lifting. I realize humans have done it since evolving from hunter-gatherers to an agricultural society, but this was the first time we ever have. It was incredibly rewarding transforming a former sink-hole into a vegetable patch, albeit a muddy one. Just this month I planted strawberries, garlic and rosemary for next year, I like having a lil Spring bounty to look forward to.
- Lastly, a harder to define thankfulness: continuing to become a more inclusive, less exclusive person. As an introvert and a pessimist, I can be unbearable even to myself. Each year, I’m becoming less rigid, more open and vulnerable to life. Not always easy, but letting go of the insignificant, petty details and even those I once deemed important has led me to a freer outlook. I will try to remember this reflection as I’m traveling to and from Thanksgiving gatherings today while grinning and bearing all that the holiday entails.
Happy Thanksgiving wishes to my friends and family. A big thank you to my friend, Sandra, for reminding us to take a moment to show ourselves a little gratitude too. I think everyone should do it. Who knows? Thank Yourself could become this year’s Treat Yo’ self! What do you thank yourself for today?
Amanda at Thrifty Polished
Angela at Angela Kay
Julie at The Redolent Mermaid
Michelle at Melting With Michelle
Sandra at Finger Candy