Ooops—November’s thankful post is a bit late!
And just like that 2013’s eleventh month has ended! I can’t believe how quickly November has gone by and it’s already time to review what I’m thankful for.
I’m thankful for life—lately when I wake up I’m complaining (to myself) about how morning has come too soon, how I’m tired and need more sleep. But after a few minutes I realize that Hey! I’m alive! and the complaints fade. It’s too easy to take life for granted when you aren’t really suffering, but when I hear of true suffering and tragedy, it’s a good reminder that being able to breathe in fresh air is a blessing. My heart goes out to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, both the living and the dead. Survivors still have a long road until life can be considered normal, and just because the situation is not being covered on the news as much as it was, doesn’t mean everything is ok. If you’re able to, I hope you’ll find a way to give toward the relief efforts—the Government of Canada will match all contributions made by December 8 so that’s a great way to make your contribution go further.
There is tragedy around us—good people, young people, dying well before their time (at least that’s how we see it, since we have no idea how long they were supposed to live!). The fear that we may not have as many years on this earth as we’ve planned for, the resulting need for us to live each day instead of behaving like we’re guaranteed years and years sometimes grips me. I definitely need to relax and accept that only God knows what the future holds and be thankful every day that I’m alive.
- November 11 was Remembrance Day, and I’m thankful for those who have died in wars over the years to protect Canada. It takes a very special person to be willing to die for their country and I honour their sacrifice. Regardless of what leads someone to join the army, navy, marines, reserves, or similar, the end result is they’re risking their life for their country, something I can’t imagine doing voluntarily. I’m also thankful to those who’ve sacrificed their limbs, their senses, and suffered other losses as a result of war. A few weeks ago there was a feature on a man who had lost an eye and had some other facial injuries in addition to damage to some limbs and he’s just as dedicated to serving his country. Imagine!
- In the middle of this month I celebrated eight years of work with my employer. I’m thankful for the opportunity I had to visit some Canadian cities I had never been to before as a result of this job, and I wouldn’t have most of my material possessions if it wasn’t for this job. Several of my colleagues have also become friends, which is awesome.
My job started as a one-year contract to replace someone going on maternity leave but within six months of working there, a permanent position was created and my application for the position was successful. It’s really amazing how that worked out (God!). Jobs are kind of scarce here so I’m glad to have one. No job is perfect and right now we’re dealing with uncertainties but I am thankful.
- I’m thankful that another Black Friday came and went. I’m also thankful that I was able to renew my passport quickly and get the much-needed snow tires on my car before this trip. I travelled with my mom and sis this past weekend and it was nice to have some company for a change. I don’t think they’ll do it again—they’re just not as die-hard and hardcore as I am. I’m not bragging o, they just aren’t as addicted to deals, but at least they got to experience what all the hype is about. The deals weren’t so great this year but we all managed to spend a bit. My favourite purchase was a much-needed purse.
- I’m hosting a Christmas party this coming weekend and this is the most unprepared that I’ve ever been! I’m thankful that my friends are pretty gracious!
What are you thankful for? What are you looking forward to in the last few weeks of 2013?