Thursday is Thanksgiving in the United States and it’s time for my annual tradition of making a “Thanksgiving ABC’s” list. I maintain a gratitude practice every day, but I still love doing this list every year. Some of the items repeat year after year, others are new. Here’s this year’s list:
B: Baking. I’m looking forward to starting my holiday baking this week.
C: Cape May. I was lucky enough to spend a few days there last month. This beautiful town has my heart.
D: Dancing. I’m not the most coordinated person on the planet, but I do love dancing in the privacy of my own home. It’s an instant mood lifter!
E: Eating out. I’m still not comfortable with indoor dining, but I took advantage of the warmer months and enjoyed meals at many of my favorite restaurant patios.
G: Gingerbread. But not just any gingerbread, it has to be the German kind.
I: The Internet. Because really, could you even imagine life without it?
L: Laundry. Yes, I actually enjoy doing laundry. There’s something zen to me about folding laundry. Bonus: Allegra loves to play in the laundry basket.
M: Meditation – it’s been a lifesaver most of my life, but especially during these trying times.
N: Netflix. So much good stuff to watch!
O: Oranges (and Clementines.) I’m obsessed with citrus fruit in the winter months and add them to my salads almost every day.
P: Purrs. If there’s a more soothing sound in the world, I don’t know what it is.
Q: Quark. Q is always a challenge in this exercise, so when in doubt, I turn to food! Quark is a lovely creamy dairy product that is hard to find here in the US. I grew up eating it practically every day, and I miss it. Greek yogurt comes close, but it’s not the same thing.
R: Ruby – for the love and light she brought into my life for nine years. I miss you so much, baby girl.
S: Schellea Fowler and her series of short workouts on her fabulous50s Youtube channel. Working out has never been this much fun for me. Best of all: Allegra loves to “help” me work out.
U: Uplifting books, TV shows and movies. Now more than ever.
V: Veterinarians and veterinary staff, for all they do to make cats’ lives better. An extra thank you for working under incredibly stressful conditions these last three years.
W: Women’s Meditation Network – a repeat from the last two years. I discovered Katie Krimitsos in March of 2020, and have been doing at least one of her meditations every single day.
X: X-mas. Even though I’m not crazy about this abbreviation of Christmas, I can never think of anything else that starts with X, and I do love Christmas.
Y: You, our Purrs of Wisdom readers. Thank you for reading, commenting and sharing. We’re so grateful you’re part of our community.
Z: Zen – a state I strive for, but rarely achieve.
What are you grateful for this Thanksgiving?