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Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!! For all of you who are celebrating, I hope it’s a truly fantastic day! I’m spending the day with lots of family members, and I’m excited to enjoy a big meal later this evening! It’s exciting that Thanksgiving falls on a Thursday, so today I guess we can just get a double dose of thankfulness? Here are some of the many things I feel so very thankful for today:

I’m so thankful for my family and friends. Where would I be without them? I’m so thankful for the love, support, fun, and laughter I share with them on a regular basis, whether they live near me or at a distance.

I’m so thankful for my wonderful job! I love being a counselor, even on the really tough days. It’s such a wonderful career to have, and I feel so thankful to get to walk alongside people as they fight through whatever they are seeing me for. I love seeing them reach their goals and see their excitement and joy. I love my co-workers and my place of employment, and feel regularly blessed by this.

I’m thankful for my “side job” where I speak and write. I love the people all over the world that I’ve gotten to connect to through this, on top of all the places I’ve gotten to visit because of this! I love getting to be challenged on different topics, getting to research so many different areas, and getting to continue to write.

I’m thankful for running. It’s a really tough journey, and I’m certainly not a natural runner at all. I get injured, it’s tough, and there are runs that are really bad. But I’m thankful that I had the courage to start, and the opportunity to do a sprint triathlon and two wonderful half marathons this year. I’m so so thankful.

I’m thankful for my daily needs being met. Electricity, a place to live, heat, food, and fresh water are all things that are so easy to take for granted, but we only have to look as far as Hurricane Sandy to realize that we should recognize what a blessing these things are.

I’m thankful for the delicious meal I will be consuming later today! YUMM!! I love thanksgiving dinner, but don’t like the sick feeling I get after eating so much.

I’m thankful that, although one of my brother’s doesn’t get to be with us for Thanksgiving, he will be able to be with us in a few short weeks for Christmas. This is the first time that my entire immediate family hasn’t been together on Thanksgiving. Now that my brother is in the military, he can’t just come home whenever he’d like, so that’s been an adjustment. Even though he can’t be with us, I’m glad we know that he does get to come home for a week soon!

I’m thankful for God’s grace. Life-transforming and hugely important. I’m so thankful for grace.

Now it’s your turn to share! Whether you’re celebrating Thanksgiving today or not, what are you feeling thankful for? What are you doing for Thanksgiving?