This Thanksgiving came and went in a flash. I cooked pretty much everything (except the Turkey, which I don’t eat) which meant that I spent 12 hours cooking/baking after 3 hours grocery shopping at a total of 4 grocery stores. My brother has been overseas as a helicopter pilot for 3 years and he finally came home. It was a wonderful family reunion, especially since I got to meet my youngest niece who is only 7 months old and spend time being an auntie.
In all the hullabaloo of the holiday and family gatherings, I didn’t get to have many peaceful moments of reflection about what I’m thankful for even though I was surrounded by so many blessings.
I have gotten sick more often than normal this year, which really throws me off and makes me wonder sometimes why my healthy lifestyle isn’t a brick bunker against germs. Despite this, I am so grateful that I am in good health, that I don’t have any chronic problems, that I don’t have physical limitations, and that I have a sound mind. It is easy to forget how different and challenging life can be when there is disease of mind or body.
I have a loving and supportive husband who helped make Wholify a reality. He was the one who encouraged me to start a podcast years ago, become active on Twitter, and follow my dreams. We’ve been married for almost a year and a half now and it has been so amazing building a life together with my best friend. He helps me when I struggle with body image or get dragged down by the culture’s diet obsession. What a guy!
Even though I can’t say that I always treat my body with love and tenderness, I have come to appreciate all that my body does for me over the course of a day, a month, a year–the endurance, strength, energy, and resiliency that I experience is worthy of thanks, praise and respect.
Yes, the same food that can inspire fear, guilt, and anxiety causes me to be grateful. I am thankful for the incredible bounty of food that is available to me–for the varieties of fresh fruits and vegetables that are grown year-round in Southern California; for the seemingly endless combinations of ingredients to play with; for the relationships that grow over a good meal; for the satisfaction that comes from a successful recipe. There is so much joy that can accompany food.
What are you thankful for this year? Is there anything that you find it difficult to give thanks for?