I am thankful that one of my best friends reached another birthday in good health this week. I can’t wait to see her, even though I am struggling to decide on a birthday gift (what do you get a married, 29 year old mother of one who doesn’t need anything?). My friend does not believe in God but she is one of those people I mentioned before who lives a life that many Christians could learn from.
I am thankful for the support of two of my siblings, who spent a number of hours over two days with me, helping me make a decision. They came with me to different stores, watched me try on something and gave their opinion and made suggestions and in the end I am happy with my selection. We have such a good time together! We have to do more to include our other brother in the mix, but he’s always busy. We’ll keep trying though!
Oh, and speaking of this brother who is too busy, he and I have struggled over the years to get close; some (my parents, *ahem*) have said it’s because we’re both the same, and trust me they don’t mean because we’re both unselfish people…in fact they may mean the opposite! The horror!. Anyway, I have to admit that I share several of my negative traits with this younger brother of mine and as a result we may have clashed a lot in the past. In fact we did not speak for what seemed like an eternity (over three weeks) earlier this year. Anyway, we are continuing to get closer, partly because I’m an overly sentimental mushball and I send him text messages that tell him I’m proud of him for a really great decision he made recently, that I’m thinking of him and that he can do it. I know beneath his surly and negative exterior lies a sensitive person who is very protective of his family so of course he responds to my text messages with love. This of course makes me happy and reminds me of what a family should be like. In the past I’ve wondered if we (the children) would care for each other and love each other when we were all adults and living on our own and by God’s grace, the answer to that will continue to be YES.
I’ve decided to be thankful for rejection. It stings when it happens, and the mushball that is me finds it hard to deal with, but when the most emotional parts pass, I am reminded of my own mini-chant: I don’t want someone who doesn’t want me, and also that I have to have faith in my life (remember that entry where I use a swear word?). This time spent waiting is unbearable, but only if I spend it literally sitting around hoping for some sort of communication from a guy named The Love of GNG’s Life. Instead, I better spend that time working on being the best person that I can be, and also working on my professional goals. I’m excited at the thought of trying to live life to its fullest, even without what seems like the missing piece. (Don’t worry, I have many moments when I think it’ll never happen too; I guess this feeling disappears when it’s time to write the thankful post!).
And finally, I am thankful that this is a long weekend in Canada, Thanksgiving weekend! We have our Thanksgiving nearly two months before the Americans because we think it’s silly to have two major holidays (Thanksgiving and Christmas) a month or less apart! Poor Americans! And of course, how could I not be thankful for Thanksgiving, right? I may be hosting some people at my house; we’ll see how that goes.