For as long as I can remember, my late Mama always had the family write down at least three things we were thankful for each Thanksgiving holiday. As I became older and more involved in blogging, I started a more detailed list in poetic form. During the first year of TheSpiritedNerd blog, I kept it short and sweet.
Not this go-around. There’s too much I want to say.
So, before I get into it, let me simply say that I wish you all a peaceful and positively memorable holiday tomorrow!
Air, breath, life.
The capacity to remember yesterday with no inclination to look backwards
The fallout I had with my faith
The long road towards restoration
Falling in love with my Lord and Savior all over again
Dietary changes, both literally and emotionally
(I just won’t try to digest the same things I once did anymore)
Battle cries and stand-for-something-ism
Being in the right place at the wrong time
Second chances…for the millionth (perceived) time
Broken hearts and once jagged nerves
The capacity to stand again without the support of my cane
To Wobble on Thursdays in Burbank or dance with students in Houston
No longer complaining
No longer stuffing in my emotions on account of being able to say “I won’t complain”
The visual acuity to see just what the past three years meant to me
The yearning to return home, but the due diligence to not rush
The smell of popcorn and getting over a recipe that is lost for eternity
A prayer circle of sisters who believe that WE, too, can be Proverbs 31 women forever
The smell of pages of a paperback
Editors, friends and family who believe in my writing
Plans that have crashed and burned so that astronomically amazing ones can take flight
Someone to miss
Something to accomplish
Knees that can withstand 30 minutes bent in prayer
Skill. Knowledge. Wisdom.
And the courage that comes alone with it