It was a thread started by one of my friends on facebook. “From now to Thanksgiving, post something for which you are grateful!” it said.
Yesterday I was grateful for my writing. I took a six year hiatus from writing. Or, as it really felt, I had a really long bout of writer’s block. An aspect of my life needed my attention for a while, and I found my muse refused to speak to me. Couldn’t write to save my life.
My life has since calmed down. Things that needed dealing with got dealt with, and I eventually picked up the pen again (okay, actually it was a keyboard, *wink*). And every day I find I’m very grateful even for the frustrating parts of writing. Like now. When I’ve got ideas falling out onto the page faster than I can type them up, but unfortunately they’re not complete yet. These lovely characters have yet to tell me how to fill in the holes they’re leaving in my plot.
So, what am I thankful for today. Today I’m thankful for a great many things. But I think I have just one. It starts with explaining that I am forever singing songs. I always have one stuck in my head that I picked up from somewhere. Well, yesterday it was Barry Manilow’s “I can’t smile without you.” So I posted some lyrics on my facebook page, cause I was amused with myself and trying to get them stuck in someone else’s head. ;)
Well, it worked. Actually, it snowballed on me. One friend posted, and then another and soon the three of us were having a bit of an impromptu chat, poking fun, singing lyrics. I’m thankful for that impromptu chat. Those ladies and I used to belong to a group together, a group where we all felt a bit like a giant extended family. But the group has since broken apart and life has taken over again, so we don’t chat nearly as often as we used to. Usually just say hi every now and then. But that impromptu chat reminded me of old times. It was like a gift. Brightened my entire morning, like a giant ray of sunshine. So, I’m grateful for it today. Now I can go back to it and look at it and smile all over again.
Oh. I’m still singing Barry Manilow today. So today’s “song of the day” is “Weekend in New England.”
So… are you grateful for anything? Care to share it? Me, I’m always grateful when someone reminds me to be thankful. I tend to focus on the negative too much. You know, those little annoyances that remind you of things you don’t want in your life? We all have them, but I tend to focus too much on them. And I’m trying to teach myself just the opposite—to be positive. And being positive…starts with being thankful. Thankful for even the small things in your life that make you smile. Such as that chat yesterday.
At any rate, I hope you have a wonderful day.