I have so much to be thankful for. I have a wonderful husband and son who I can hear making chocolate in the kitchen. The smell is nothing short of heavenly, second only to hearing them laugh and work together. I have a modest home that will soon host close friends. I have pets that seem to know just when I need them to snuggle in.
And this year, I finally have peace. For all the turmoil that has been stirred up, today I have peace that I haven’t known in many years. This year, I’m not pretending that everything is good. This year, it really is. My heart is lighter and my conscience is free.
I am thankful for the journey. And the people thathave helped me get there. That includes my readers. Thank you for being so supportive when everything that I thought was important in my world came apart. I learned that the reality underneath was so much better than the comfortable facade. I learned that the real me is so much stronger and cannot be intimidated by cowardly lies. I have faced my demons and come out ahead. The race is not yet over, but I know that I will win. Thank you.
As is true when times get hard, I have learned who is and is not truly my friend or family. Blood is not always so thick. Sometimes it is, but it’s not a guarantee. I have many friendships that are thicker. Some I didn’t suspect. Some I always knew would be there.
And most of all, I thank God. Without God, I have nothing. He has provided the friends and family that have remained loyal. He has provided the home that is so full of love. And I believe that He will work in the hearts of those that have chosen to attack me. He knows the truth. And He has given me that peace that I haven’t known in years prior.
There is food on my table and love in my house. I could ask for nothing more to be thankful for.