A few people have mentioned that they’d like to do a special post today in honor of 11/11/11. I’m all for that! Since this is the month we’re usually thankful for things, here are eleven of mine. (BTW, I’m writing these very quickly, so I’m sure I’ll finish and then wish I had added something…. but here we go anyhow (in no particular order except probably the first couple…)
Oh, I know, everyone thanks God. But you know what? Without him I wouldn’t be here today. He came to me as a young child and helped pull me out of the abusive behavior of people around me and the bad choices I made myself. I wasn’t always listening, but He was always there. He has led me to a beautiful life, and I am very grateful.
- My Husband.
You knew that was coming next, didn’t you? I am very thankful for our life together.
- My True Friends and Family.
There are some people who really love me and care for me, and they know who they are because I tell them how thankful I am for them.
- The Written Word.
I’ve always been drawn to words, and as a kid used to write out poetry and short stories that I would illustrate. Those words helped me deal with so much at a young age, and my love of writing and literature has continued.
- Being Able to Write for a Living.
It sounds dorky, but I do get up everyday and thank God for the ability to do what I love everyday. There are so many writers I hear say they wouldn’t want to “have to write everyday,” and I don’t get that. It’s a blessing, and I’m happy for it.
- Creative Pursuits.
Besides writing, I’m thankful for my painting and crafting. My aunt always encourages me to “use my creative gifts” even if it’s just doing them on a weekend for enjoyment. There is something very carefree about losing all track of time and just being creative for hours.
Is “poetry” the same as the written word (#4) above? Maybe. But to me, poetry has a special place in my heart. It has helped me get through so much, it has helped me forgive and understand the world a little better. It deserves it’s own spot on this list!
Not just the freedom I have here in the States, but the freedom I have in knowing I am a child of God.
- Writers Who Are Generous of Spirit.
Some writers I’ve met are so full of themselves they make me shake my head. And then there are the rest of them that totally make up for them. I’ve learned a lot from the good ones.
I know, football seems out of place on this list, but if you knew how much I loved it you’d agree with me! I’ve been a Packer fan my whole life, have had the opportunity to write about football professionally, have met many players, and really enjoy the strategy of it all.
Here’s a secret: I get little notes and comments from readers who enjoy (or don’t enjoy sometimes) my books and blogs, and I am thankful for them all. First of all, without them I would be talking to myself. Second, when I get a note from someone that relates to what I’m writing about and is moved by it in some way, I am so incredibly thankful!