Ah, Thanksgiving! If you’re American, this holiday has a somewhat interesting background story. There is the version that we learn from the history books which portrays a friendly dinner between settlers and Native Americans. Then there is the truth behind the holiday which is a lot more depressing (I won’t get into that here, but hey, maybe another year). I personally look at Thanksgiving as an opportunity to reflect on the past year and remember what I am thankful for.
I think for most people 2016 has been an interesting year. Most gifs, memes, and videos out there would portray 2016 as a pretty difficult year (Prince, we miss you!!!). I’ve had friends that were laid off, resigned from jobs, divorces, miscarriages, deaths, etc. And this does not include what we have sees in the news. Personally, there is enough turmoil in 2016 to last me a good decade, and I can choose to see my surroundings through my circumstances, or I can let the blessings outshine the negative and be thankful for another year. So during this Thanksgiving holiday, I am choosing to focus on the blessings in my life, and below are five things I am thankful for.
- I am extremely thankful for my friends and family (this includes you church family and work squad) who have always been there with me no matter what I’m walking through. Thank you for the prayers, encouraging words, support, and being a listening ear. I could not have made it through this year without all you wonderful people.
- I am thankful that God transitions me well from season to season. There are times I may get anxious, and He tends to remind me that He’s in control, He won’t give me more than I can handle, and there is always a sense of peace of walking into the unknown.
- I am thankful that I have the freedom to travel to many different countries. This year I was fortunate to travel to South Africa twice (Johannesburg, Durban, and Cape Town), and had the opportunity to visit my family in Belgium. I know that not everyone has the freedom to travel the way I do, and I am very thankful that I can.
- No matter how messed up my country may be sometimes, I am thankful to be American. My parents came here and worked hard to give my siblings and I the opportunity to fulfill our dreams no matter what they are. The US is a country where I have the freedom to say whatever I want to say (this does not mean there are not consequences for my actions, but I am still able to make it known), and I can attend the church of my choice without having to hide. To all who do church under prosecution, I have nothing but respect for you!
- Lastly, I am thankful for the support of everyone who reads this little blog. My hope is that this blog encourages you wherever you are, and whatever season you are in. Thank you for coming on this journey of me processing my thoughts and my revelations out loud!
I am excited to announce that I will be adding a few more blog topics in the near future including introducing guest bloggers in the New Year. If you would like to be a guest blogger please email firstname.lastname@example.org. In the meantime, please share a few things you are thankful for this Thanksgiving season (this includes finally being able to play Christmas music, and yes, I’ll be listening to ‘NSYNC Christmas from now until January).
I hope you had a great Thanksgiving, and I look forward to continuing this journey with you!