Basically Blessed and Couldn’t Be More Thankful.

This is the week to where we talk about gratitude and thankfulness and every year I think, shouldn’t I be thinking this way all year round? In light of everything that is going on in this world, something inside of me has shifted. As I pack my clothes, wondering how the heck I am going to get all of this moving down, I am aware that there are people who have the clothes on their back, who could fit all of their possessions in one bag, who only want to escape terror and have a chance at a good life. As I try and figure out the logistics of this move from one part of the city to another, I am aware that there are people who sleep under the stars because they don’t have roofs–which may sound romantic except when you add in the elements and bugs or even just a pillow to rest their heads. It’s made for a very emotionally topsy turvy type and even as I type that I am aware that what I consider to be a rollercoaster of emotions is nothing compared to what other people have gone through, are going through, right at this second.

So here is what I am thankful for: a roof over my head wherever that may be, clothes to keep me warm, clean drinking water, and food in my fridge. I am thankful for my bed and my blankets and my pillow. I am thankful for God’s providence in providing me a new place to live (and trusting that somehow I will move myself out of this place and into that one before Christmas?). I am thankful for the health I do have because it always could be worse and the meds that help my health issues and the doctors I can count on. I am thankful for my family and their support. I am thankful that the surgery one of my family member’s went through went well. I am thankful for my friends, the ones I laugh with and cry with. I am thankful for this space on the internet where I get to speak out and write, even though I am a woman. I am thankful that my ancestors were allowed to come to this country and build lives.

Real talk: I find a lot of things about the holidays difficult for different reasons. And this one is a little more stressful due to the move. And yet, somehow I know it will all work out. Maybe it won’t be easy but it will work out. Meanwhile, what I consider to be the most basic of blessings? Those things won’t be in jeopardy.

We are more blessed than we can even imagine.




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15 thoughts on “Basically Blessed and Couldn’t Be More Thankful.

  1. Katie Elizabeth

    So perfectly said! I spent last night at the Salvation Army packing Thanksgiving dinner boxes and it has me beyond thankful for a kitchen full of food right now. Hate that it takes something like that to make me appreciate what I have. Hope the move goes well!

  2. Monique

    This is a beautiful post. It’s SO incredibly easy to get sucked into the anxiety that comes with the holidays, but that stems from not looking around and seeing all of the riches we already have in our lives, and I think you hit that right on the nose. This was a beautiful gratitude post, and a much needed reminder of how blessed and truly loved we are…. xo Monique

  3. Anne

    I often think in the most stressful of times we get signs that things will be ok. I think the fact that it is Thanksgiving and that we have so much to be thankful puts all of our stresses into perspective. I know you have lots on your plate right now but I am quite certain that all will fall into place!

  4. Sheryl

    Oh Nina, you are so right that most of us are more blessed than we can imagine. The holidays are stressful and they truly shouldn’t be. I have faith that everything will fall into place for you and this transition will be easy. XOXO Happy Thanksgiving.

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