It is November, which means we are in the season of thankfulness and time to unleash gratitude. I love Thanksgiving and the fact that we devote one day a year to recount everything we are thankful for. Although this has been a particularly difficult year for me, I believe that gratitude is an invincible energy that can turn darkness into light.
Whether we do this daily, or only annually, there is always something to be thankful for. It helps me to write these things down.
Like most of you, I am immeasurably thankful for my children and grandchildren who have brought me more joy than I ever imagined. I am grateful for my health, my home and for working in a business that I love. What stands out to me each year is my gratitude for my friends, especially those I consider my “tribe,” you know, those friends who will answer your call at 2 a.m. If you find yourself without a handful of these, I highly recommend that you make that a priority very soon.
I am even thankful for social media, albeit it is intermingled with disdain. Social media has allowed me to connect with and stay in touch with people I have known since as far back as elementary school who now live in places far away; relatives I would otherwise have lost track of, and to see all of the places they travel and to be able to watch their families grow. Through social media, I have reconnected with the neighbor whose brother was my first love, until he was tragically killed in an automobile accident when we were teenagers. All reminders of how we are not meant to go through life alone, and only through relationship are we made whole.
Once again, this issue is filled with home tours, recipes and stories of the next generation, and I am so very thankful for each writer, photographer and guest chef that graces our pages every month. I thank you.
As we close out this issue, I cannot think of a better message than this:
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity.… It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.” — Melody Beattie