‘Tis the Season…To be Thankful!

With Turkey Day just a few days away, I’m compelled to write about gratitude today. Many people wait until this time of year to think or talk about what they’re grateful for, and I used to be one of them. But a couple of years ago, I learned the secret to happiness was through constant gratitude, both for things I already had as well as for things I wanted to have. Boy, what a difference that has made in my life.

Ya know that feeling you get around the holidays when you’re thinking about what you’re thankful for? Well, I embrace that feeing year-round. Every day, I carve out time to reflect on, and say aloud, all the things I’m grateful for. I start with myself, and then circle out to friends, family, and things. And if there is something I want from my life, I express thanks for that as if I already have it. It’s quite astounding how things have manifested in my life as a result of this practice.

So what are you thankful for? I’ll get the ball rolling…

1) I’m thankful for my husband…he’s so wonderful and loving…and he’s my very best friend!

2) Our soon-to-be-born little girl…even though she has me blogging at 5 o’clock in the morning!

3) Our fur baby Dr. Snuggle, who is keeping me company at 5 o’clock in the morning. He is so sweet and precious, and I will always think of him as my first born

4) Second Wind for taking a chance on me and my manuscript!

5) My critique partners. They are more than just crit partners…they are my friends. They are there for me during writing crises and life crises alike. I’m not sure what I would do without them

There are, of course, so many other things to be thankful for, but there’s no need for me to ramble on 🙂 I’d love to hear what’s got you grateful this Thanksgiving season!

Jerrica Knight-Catania is the author of A Gentleman Never Tells, soon to be published by Second Wind Publishing.


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4 responses to “‘Tis the Season…To be Thankful!

  1. Jody Sinkway

    I’m thankful for new friends and new opportunities. 🙂

  2. Heather Boyd

    Turkey Day is a strange concept to this Australian. We dont have anything remotely similar. I only eat turkey at Christmas along with a great many other rich foods.

    I am thankful everyday for my family, for the gift of their love, trust and tolerance when I switch into writer mode. They put up with so much.

    But most particularly I am thankful for chocolate. The world wouldn’t be the same without it! *grin*

  3. I’m so with you on #2. Although, my little one had me up at 2:00 am this morning and craving a bowl of cereal. 🙂 While there are other things like my publishers taking a chance on me, my very supportive friends (both writers and non-writers), and my mom being here to help out while we’re waiting for her newest granddaughter’s arrival, nothing beats the little wonder growing inside me.

  4. Jody, me too! 🙂

    Heather, after the chocolate chip cookie I just devoured, I’m so with you on the chocolate thing. Mmmm!

    Marcia, it’s pretty amazing, huh? You’re getting really close, aren’t you? Only about 4-5 more weeks for me! Best of luck!!

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