Am I thankful for my family, my good health and my publishing contract with Soul Mate Publishing? Well, of course I am! But with Thanksgiving only a couple days away, I realized I’m also thankful for the challenges of the past year.
It’s through difficult and trying circumstances that we access our inner strength and humility. The lessons we learn from these times help shape us into better mothers, wives, daughters, employees and writers.
Who wants to read a book without conflict? Boring, right? To me, life is the same. We all wish for happiness, but what value would it have if we never felt sorrow? If we didn’t encounter obstacles along our path to achievement, would we truly appreciate it?
So this year, in addition to all the wonderful phenomena in my life, I’m thankful for:
my daughter’s tonsillectomy
my husband’s surgeries
my rejection letters
my low contest scores
my children fighting
my battle of the bulge
None of the above experiences were pleasant, but the lessons I gained from them will last a lifetime. And I’m grateful.
What are you grateful for this year?
I wish everyone a safe and healthy holiday. Happy Thanksgiving!