A Holiday – Gratitude Rant #22

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Well, folks, tomorrow is Thanksgiving.

Lindsey and I might not be totally ready for the big day, but we’re pretty close: The girls are asleep. The pies are out of the oven. All the house is quiet. And another year’s worth of Gratitude Rants is coming to a close.

I actually had a bit of free time today, so I decided to go back and read through all my posts from the past few weeks:

Traditions – Gratitude Rant #1

New Socks – Gratitude Rant #2

Squeals – Gratitude Rant #3

Writer’s Block – Gratitude Rant #4

Rest – Gratitude Rant #5

“I Don’t Care” Moments – Gratitude Rant #6

Fast Food – Gratitude Rant #7

Woodsmoke – Gratitude Rant #8

Piano – Gratitude Rant #9

Magic Mornings – Gratitude Rant #10

Sacrifice – Gratitude Rant #11

Pie – Gratitude Rant #12

The Pegboard – Gratitude Rant #13

Slow Food – Gratitude Rant #14

Books – Gratitude Rant #15

Chickens – Gratitude Rant #16

Sunsets – Gratitude Rant #17

Pheasants – Gratitude Rant #18

Photo Repositories – Gratitude Rant #19

Family Night – Gratitude Rant #20

Sleeping Babies – Gratitude Rant #21

And, WOW! Do I feel blessed!

The funny thing is, for all of those Gratitude Rants that I wrote, there were hundreds (if not thousands) of other little tender mercies throughout the month that didn’t get written about. There’s just too many blessings to count!

As always, this November has been full of ups and downs (and mostly in-betweens) — but I can honestly say that focusing on gratitude has made everything brighter.

Problems seem smaller; Bad attitudes go away quicker; and Smiles grow broader when you look for things to be grateful for.

I’m really gonna miss my nightly typing sessions, but, at the same time, it’ll be nice to just go to bed at the end of the day…

To quote Bilbo Baggins:

“I feel I need a holiday, a very long holiday…

“I am old, Gandalf. I don’t look it, but I am beginning to feel it in my heart of hearts… Why, I feel all thin, sort of stretched, if you know what I mean: like butter that has been scraped over too much bread. That can’t be right. I need a change, or something.”

Tomorrow, I’m gonna eat too much food, spend time with family, maybe even take a nap — and, of course, express some more gratitude.

Yup. Today, I’m grateful for a holiday!

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