It is that time of year again. That time where we take pause to give thanks for what we have and who we have in our lives. And this year, as I looked around, I saw the landscape change. There has been much more taking care this year than in the past. By that I mean my friends, family and I all taking care of each other. It is a fluid stream of handing off the “I’ve got this” baton to each other.
This year there is so much for which to be thankful – my Father’s cancer going into remission is the biggest. Followed by me having and finding a safe, mold free place to live. The new job, my new life basically. But there has been so much help along the way. My sister and neighbors watching over my pets, my sister and great friends opening up their houses to me, offering a place to live while I figured out what course of action to take with the House of Mold. I was given a safe place to sleep and live, eat, laugh and play. Friends were coming out of the woodwork to help and s=check in to make sure I was OK. And I am so very thankful.
And I have been able to be there for my friends as well, offering support, free writing services, advice, a shoulder, cooking and much more. This year, more than any year, I feel like we have formed a community for each other, a place in which we can go, and work, and live and love, and truly know, we are not alone. That is a wonderful thing to have in this world.
And so this year I am thankful for taking care – thankful for those who have taken care of me, and for hose whom I can repay the favor. And this year, it is truly a celebration of the beautiful souls I am blessed to have in my life.