The darkness descends early and it is a good time to draw inward, to reflect, to be thoughtful, to contemplate.
It is Thanksgiving, and rather than let that mean myths about pilgrims, Indians and turkeys and horns of plenty I prefer to take the holiday more seriously and quietly consider the things that I take for granted but should not. The things that, when I consciously consider them, make me wonder at how fortunate I am.
I am grateful to have a partner who shares so much of himself with me and encourages me to share so much of myself with others. He is a truly amazing human being: generous, creative, incredibly smart, full of energy, thoughtful, wise, gorgeous and sensuous… I could not be more fortunate. I am grateful for his love, his support, his encouragement, his curiosity and his enthusiastic adventurousness.
I am grateful for the rediscovered courage to open myself more fully to the world.
…and for the new, interesting, passionate and compassionate relationships that have opened to me as I have been more open to the world.
… and for the courage to explore them, and for the courage it has taken these brave souls to open themselves to me.
…and for the time and carefulness that goes into all the communication that sustains important relationships.
…and for friends who are such inspirations for how to be whole and how to engage honestly and completely with people.
…and for the ability and time to meditate, to sit quietly, to stretch and to be mindful.
I am grateful for colleagues who encourage intellectual growth in unusual directions.
…and for sabbatical leave during which to do exactly that!
I am grateful for the community of bloggers whose work inspires me and who encourage me in developing my own work for the readers who comment on it.
I am grateful that the political atmosphere in this country is a little less scary than it was before election day.
I am grateful for life, for freedom, for family, beauty in the world, for consciousness and mindfulness and the supportive love of others who see and understand.
And you. What are you grateful for?