The holiday season has come and gone and although I have had some difficulty putting life aside and being thankful for things on a daily basis, the holidays remind us to take that time and to be thankful for all of the things in our lives. I continue tackling my daily thanks…some small and seemingly insignificant while others are much bigger. Regardless of the thing for which I am thankful for, the journey of taking a moment each day continues.
December 14th, 2011 – DAY 20
What am I thankful for? – I am thankful for the awe of children when seeing Santa. Tonight was our work gathering for our clients – what we call family night. It is a night for families to come, eat dinner, enjoy activities and crafts, and this month…the chance to meet and take pictures with Santa. Honestly, seeing children interact with Santa, get excited to see and sit with him…makes the holiday season more festive, more magical, and more fun to experience.
December 15th, 2011 – DAY 21
What am I thankful for? – I am thankful for safe flights. I cannot deny that flying gives me a little anxiety. I enjoy flying overall, but cannot erase the images of crashed airplanes on TV that I have seen throughout the course of my life. I know that the chances of my flight crashing are far lower than my chances of getting into a car accident, but there seems to be something frightening about being hundreds of thousands of feet in the air. I fly a few times each year and any ounce of turbulence sets my mind racing with thoughts of plummeting to the ground. I flew home to spend the week before Christmas with my family and am extremely thankful that I made it there in one piece.
December 16th, 2011 – DAY 22
What am I thankful for? – I am thankful for the innocence of children. Today I was blessed with spending my day with a five year old and 1 year old. There is something refreshing about spending time with children. They don’t filter their thoughts and during this holiday season, their love of the magical world of Santa is breathtaking. The five year old is mesmerized by the elf on the shelf and her specific elf’s name is Sugar. Sugar comes and goes each night relaying intel to Santa. Each morning she searches for him to ensure that he has returned. She believes…truly believes in Christmas. The one year old smuggled a canister of tooth picks out of the grocery store…first offense. She used them as maracas…to shake her way through the store…dancing in her cart and entertaining most of the people she walked by. I wish I could see them more often. I wish I could witness more of these little moments that remind you about what is important in life.