Have you ever experienced a time when you’re sitting on top of the world, feeling energized and enthused then, WHOMP!…something hits you like a kick in the belly and deflates that feeling as quickly as a pinprick to a balloon?
That happened to me this morning. As I was happily zipping around the blogosphere for a few minutes prior to getting all the Thanksgiving decorating and cooking started, something hit me like a ton of bricks. And it made me realize how tenuous our hold on exhilaration can be.
But it also made me realize that, as I’ll be writing about in the next few weeks: Life is Imbalanced, and it’s important to Embrace Imbalance. Revel in the highs: accept the lows. Feel the teeter-totter of life fully.
For a few minutes, I was on the low end of the teeter-totter. But thanks to being able to share, in confidence, with a friend; combined with my own resilience, I didn’t sit there. But the whole experience, like lemonade from lemons, prompted me to write this post:
10 Things I’m Grateful for this Thanksgiving Weekend
1. Friends who help me realize that sometimes, people you think have your back…don’t. I’m grateful to those friends who are really there for me, especially when I need them most. You know who you are, and you are a gift.
2. The many friends, acquaintances and associates I’ve met online, who pop in and out of my field of vision and activity, but I know are really “always there”, regardless of frequency of contact.
3. My family. They are, of course, #1, but I put them here only because, this morning, it’s those friends outside my family who supported me, lifted me and helped me this morning. Overall and always, family comes first.
4. Clean, crisp air.
5. Pure, clear water.
6. Experience. Without all the ups and downs and in-betweens of life, I wouldn’t have been such a good student of life, and the only thing we can’t fast-track is experience. Knowledge is good, but experience breeds wisdom. I’d like to think I’m wiser for the experience. Not every moment (as evidenced by my mini-meltdown this morning), but that’s OK. I will be wise enough to move on.
7. The wisdom of others. There’s nothing finer than learning from those who have combined their knowledge with experience, to bring into our lives not just words…not just advice…but true, heartfelt wisdom.
8. Health – Mental, Physical, Emotional, Spiritual and Financial.
9. This world we live in. Despite it’s troubles and turmoil, I choose to see that the wabi sabi of it all is what makes it special. Nothing is perfect. This world is perfect in its imperfection.
10. You. Whoever is reading this, and whoever may be touched by this, I’m grateful that you’ve taken time to visit here. There’s much to be grateful for, and I’m grateful that, what could have been a lemon turned into lemonade today: it helped me write from the heart