For a while this year, I was writing down two or three things I was grateful for every day. I haven’t done that in a few weeks, but of course, now is a time to pause, look around, and recognize the things we have, the circumstances that might have contributed to our good fortune, and the people who support us. Here are just a few things I’m thankful for in this moment.

Time off. I’ve been going at a breakneck pace the last few months, which I find energizing and invigorating, but it’s time to come up for air.  I’m grateful that I have a job that allows me a few days to spend time not doing much of anything, to reflect, read random things on the Internet, cook, and spend time with family. I’m keenly aware that not everyone has this luxury, that, in fact, some people will work tomorrow so that others can buy stuff or because their places of work are essential services (hospitals or police stations). I really am thankful for this time.

Social Media. I know. This seems like a weird thing to be thankful for, but I am. I’ve used social media over the years mostly to connect with friends. I’m grateful for the way it allows me to stay in touch with friends from high school and college. I enjoy “hearing” the voices of old friends and being able to have conversations with them. I enjoy connecting with those who share my interests and staying in touch with people I’ve met over the years through professional conferences or from working together.  Managed effectively and viewed through the appropriate lens, it can be a medium that promotes and maintains relationships.

The people I see every day. Mostly this is my co-workers and my husband. My colleagues are an amazing group of people, who really keep me on my toes. They’re smart and capable, supportive of each other and really a joy to work with. I look forward to going in to work every day. My husband is a patient man. He’s always there when I need him, and will often listen to my crazy ideas. Social media may connect me to far flung friends, but having people in your life that you can depend on, professionally and personally, is a real gift.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful, restful, reflective Thanksgiving, and is thinking about all they’re thankful for.

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