I hope everyone is enjoying Thanksgiving no matter how you are celebrating it. Some people enjoy eating Turkey with their family while watching the football games, while others have “Friends-givings” with their closest friends and spend the evening playing board games. Some people stock up for Black Friday by hunting down the craziest deals and then camping out in front of the stores. Others are working on Thanksgiving and into Black Friday. For those people, I hope you stay safe and hopefully people remember to be kind over the holidays. I know working on holidays suck, but hopefully you get some holiday pay to make up for it. Maybe you just don’t celebrate Thanksgiving (looking at you international readers) or you just celebrate it by yourself. Whatever is the case, I hope it’s a good one. Remember today is a day for fun and festivities, but it’s also a day where we’re supposed to take a moment to think about all the blessings we have in our lives that we should be thankful for.
I know holidays can sometimes be the worst time of the year. It can be stressful and straining on people and it can remind us of the people who are no longer with us. These days are supposed to be filled with joy, but not having these people can make it feel bittersweet. Just know that they are with you in spirit and they want you to be happy. I’m sorry for whatever loses you are feeling around the holidays. I know that I’m personally dealing with some issues of my own and seeing family and friends can lead to additional stress on top of that. I just want to remind you that you’re not alone in all of this. There are many people out there like you that are feeling the same thing around the holidays.
Today is a day that reminds us that even when it doesn’t seem like it, we have a lot to be thankful for. We get caught up in the hustle bustle of everyday life trying to strive for bigger and better things and we forget to stop for a second to look at all the good things we have in our lives. Things like family, friends, and significant others stands out immediately which totally makes sense. Be thankful for those things. Also be thankful for a roof over your head, delicious food, and clean water. Be thankful for the internet and its ability to connect us and inform us. Be thankful for your education or formal training and employment which allows you to pay for things. Be thankful for the Firefighters, Police Officers, The people serving in the Military, and the Doctors and Nurses. Be thankful for the Teachers. Be thankful for where you’ve been no matter how good or bad. Be thankful for today. Be thankful for tomorrow. Be thankful for the day after that and the day after that. Be thankful for the people around you. The people who support you and love you. The people who push you to be a better person, but are there if you fall. Be thankful for the creators who are writing, drawing, painting, singing, and playing music. The visionaries that are doing their own thing and creating for crowds of millions or just small corners of the internet where three or four people hang out. Be thankful for all of it.
I want to end this Special Weekly Blog by thanking all of you. No matter if you’ve been Following me for a while and you regularly read my stuff or if you just stumbled upon this Weekly Blog and its the first thing you’ve read that I’ve written, I appreciate it. The fact that I get to write stuff on my laptop and send it out into the internet is a small miracle in itself, but then people read it. People all over the world read my stuff and they like it. Then they come back day after day, week after week to read the new stuff and they like that too. Because of readers like you, my website has more than doubled in size this year from the first in terms of views and likes and we surpassed 100 Followers, 200 Followers, and 300 Followers in the same year. We also surpassed 300 published pieces here on the website in 2018. All of these things I’ve thankful for and I’m thankful for all the readers that make that so rewarding. Seriously, thank you from the bottom of my heart.
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