You know, in a little more than a month, people are going to start asking each other what are their New Year’s Resolutions. And some people will answer, with varying degrees of huffiness, that THEY do not make New Year’s Resolutions. Some will say they are perfect as they are; the less obnoxious will say they always strive to improve and do not NEED an arbitrary date to do so.
What has this to do with Thanksgiving, you may ask. Well, I will tell you, I hope with no huffiness but with honesty.
I try to spend my life in a state of relative gratitude. For one reason, when you are feeling grateful, you feel less depressed, angry, resentful, sad and other negative emotions. For another reason, it helps to counteract my usual complaints and whining, which I’m afraid can become rather tiresome. In confess, I pursue this attitude with a greater or lesser degree of success at different times. As Billy Wilder so aptly observed, nobody’s perfect.
For example, I complain about my husband’s job but hasten to add that I am grateful he has a job. I used to groan over the necessity to go to the laundromat but hastened to add that I was grateful there were lots of machines and the place was clean. Right now I am almost purely grateful for our new (to us) washer and drier. Soon I’ll find something there to bitch about but no doubt will hasten to add how grateful I am that I have them.
You see where I’m going with this.
I am looking forward to tomorrow (Thanksgiving) as a day I will spend time with family and eat a lot of good food. I am not going to wax eloquent about all that I am grateful for. Please believe that I am grateful for many things. And feel free to share your own list of gratitudes on Facebook, in person, in a comment here or in your own blog (my computer is telling me “gratitudes” is not a word, but I can’t think of a better one).
More astute readers will remember that this is Wuss-out Wednesday and be nodding wisely. I am, of course, grateful for all my readers (you know, for not posting a list, I have mentioned a few gratitudes, haven’t I?). I shall humbly sign off now and begin pondering tomorrow’s post.
Now, about that New Year’s Resolution…