Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and as with most holidays, the original meaning is crowded out with the busyness of the preparations, concerns over getting that Tofurkey roast just right, and anxiety about family interactions or whatever drama being human brings.

I’m intentionally slowing down, having completed all grocery shopping Sunday and planned out the meal with recipes printed and timeline posted. I want to reflect on what Thanksgiving is all about: Giving Thanks.

I have been reminded of how much I have to be grateful for that I usually take for granted: a healthy, strong body with all of my senses and limbs; a country where we are granted precious freedoms; a life free from anxiety about basic necessities like food, water, and shelter. Wow, that’s huge. Life is good.


I could make a list of dozens of things, experiences, and opportunities that I’ve been blessed with, and I would encourage you to make such a list. Especially when you find yourself playing the comparing game, throwing an inner tantrum when you want your next “toy”, or just being in a negative funk, put pen to paper with gratitude.


This is what makes me exclaim, “My cup overfloweth!”:

My adoring, selfless, beyond-belief gift of a husband

I know I mentioned this man last year, but he deserves an encore. I love my guy more than words can say and having a love-filled, peaceful, joyful home is truly priceless.


Second Chances

I mess up, make mistakes I’d rather forget, and fall back into old habits or unhealthy coping mechanisms. In other words, I’m human. What keeps living as perfectly imperfect me from overwhelming my spirit is the hope of another day, the glimpse of approaching dawn, and the
chance to try again. It’s incredible what pain, trials, and good ol’ hard work can teach us—so much that I am (sometimes) able to be grateful for rough times and even my own blunders.


The Unknown

At times I wish that I knew the future—how my career would develop, where we’d settle down, how many kids we’d have and when, what I’d do with my time on this Earth. But most of the time I am thankful that I don’t know what next year, tomorrow, or even the rest of this day has in store. I used to be frightened and immobilized by the unknown, but now I can get excited about the surprises, choose how I want to feel and act, and dream.




What are you thankful for this year that you used to be negative or neutral about?

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  1. janae @ bring joy

    Wow! I love seeing you two together. What a blessing to have such a wonderful spouse. A good marriage, I believe, is one of life’s greatest treasures.

    “I’m intentionally slowing down, having completed all grocery shopping Sunday and planned out the meal with recipes printed and timeline posted.”
    Impressive! We decided we’re actually going to a resteraunt for our Thanksgiving meal since we’re far from family & I’m 7 months pregnant & not quite up to the task of preparing a full-spread meal. But I will be making Joseph’s favorite veggie cutlets & an apple pie tonight for dinner, so hopefully that makes up for it.

    You’re right–life is good! And I think so much of it is about perspective, which you clearly have. Thanks for sharing some really personal thoughts.

    Hope you have a great Thanksgiving!


    1. Michaela Ballmann, MS RD

      Yes, totally agree! A good spouse/marriage is the greatest blessing. It makes a world of difference.

      I guess I’m a little nerdy when it comes to meal planning :P You’ll have to tell me about your experience eating out for Thanksgiving. I’ve never done it, but I’ve seen some pretty impressive menus.

      Thanks for taking the time to write and I hope your holiday was equally joyous!

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