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ruthless compassion
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It comes at one of my favorite times of year, and it involves good food and good company, which, really, makes it pretty much a shoe-in for Best Holiday Ever in the aroraborealis Holiday Rating System (AHRS). When you top that off with the opportunity to bask in the warm glow of the good things in my life, it's golden. I have a complaint, however, and that's the fact that Thanksgiving is just one day. We get 8 days for Chanukah and Passover; why not some extra time for Thanksgiving? So I'm going to celebrate a week of giving thanks, starting today:

I'm thankful for luck and serendipity. I don't know if these are external things or internal, or some combination of both, but it certainly seems like some people get more of what we call good luck than others do. Do I draw it to me through a good attitude or is it just chance? Who cares?

I'm grateful for the good things that happen to me that are outside of my control. This year, like many years before, has been full of them: a fantastic job that fell into my lap just in time for me to go on my planned trip to the beach in Mexico with my parents, many opportunities for growth and learning, inexpensive plane tickets to Guatemala, meeting many new people who have opened doors in my internal house that I didn't know existed...

Change is both hard and fabulous, and I'm lucky to have an outlook on the world that focuses on the positive of even the most difficult experiences. I'm glad to have many opportunities for change, and the chance to grow into a better me through that change. I'm grateful for opportunity and freedom, which combine to give me options, and the possibility to follow those that call to me.

I invite all of you to join me, either through comments, postings or just your own internal workings, in appreciating the wealth of goodness in our lives this week and year.
 
 
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