Personal Writing

What are you thankful for?

With the Autumn Equinox now past us, I hope you have taken some time to reflect on what it is that you are thankful for. The harvest season is not so much about physically reaping what you sow anymore, with most of us not growing our own food. Instead, it has become a season of gratitude – a celebration of the life we have and the ability to live it to our greatest potential.

What am I thankful for?

I’m thankful for all of you. I’m thankful for the ability to stay home and do what I love while my boyfriend works in the elements to provide a larger income for our family. I’m thankful for my parents with whom we share a home and responsibilities. I’m thankful for my ability to grow some of my own food.

I am also thankful for my ability to smell, and I’ll tell you why this one is important to me right now. On the Autumn Equinox, after our dinner was over and my daughter was getting ready for bed, I plugged her heater in. We don’t have central heating, and her room is the furthest away from the fire, so she gets her own heater. My daughter was in the shower, and I was washing my face. I was struck with an awful smell – like burning rubber – and walked into my daughter’s room. I thought that maybe the heater was still burning off that summer stench, but I turned around to find her outlet was smoking. I unplugged everything and we got it taken off to find burnt rubber behind the outlet. It had shorted out on itself and started to melt the coating around the outlet. If I hadn’t been able to smell that, we just might have had an electrical fire in my daughter’s room. If it had been any later, she might have been in the room when it happened.

So I’m thankful for my sense of smell the most right now.

What are you thankful for?

What is Thoughtful Thursday? Well, it’s exactly as it sounds. It is a day during the week where you can jot down your thoughts as a blog post, journal prompt, etc. Some days I’ll have a question I want to answer. Some days it’s just word-vomit on a page. I encourage you to take part, too. Even if you don’t blog publicly like I do, or you don’t have an online presence. Take your Thursdays to reflect on some of those thoughts you may have. You never know. You might gain some much-needed insight.

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