It's Thanksgiving Week, time to roll out the gratitude.
It was about this time last year when I watched Sarah Palin do an interview while a turkey was being slaughtered in the background. Classy. But it did something for me.
As I watched, I decided right then and there to pass on the turkey at Thanksgiving and double up on mashed potatoes. So I did just that. It made me feel so good that I didn't have anything to do with an animal being slaughtered so I could fatten up over the holidays. So I kept going with the "not going to eat anything with a face" movement.
It's been almost a year since I have become a vegetarian. Oh, I still eat cheese and some fish but for the most part, I pass up on all animals, even the eggs. (You don't want to know the truth behind what really goes on at the egg farms).
This post was not intended to be a post on my personal diet preferences. Rather, I set out to jot down some things that I'm grateful for this year. Vegetarianism just happens to be one of the many blessings in my life.
My 2010 Gratitude List
1. 968 days of continuous sobriety (thank God emotional sobriety doesn't count).
2. My funny, wonderful, amazing, beautiful daughter.
3. A chance to have a renewed and loving relationship with my Mom.
4. Being a vegetarian.
5. All my friends, near and far.
6. Being a receptionist. (Our Controller was just fired today. I'm glad I don't have THAT kind of responsibility up here at the front desk).
7. The men who I tried to love who couldn't love me back, because each and every one of them left behind a lesson about loving MYSELF that I needed to learn.
8. The memories of my Dad.
9. Knowing I choose to spend this Thanksgiving weekend with friends AND family.
10. My crazy dog Roxi who goes beserk with happiness each night I come home even though I leave her alone every morning and don't walk her near as often as I should.
11. Having a God in my life that loves me inspite of myself. That knows what's best for me. That's got my back. That believes in me. A God that picked me up by the scruf one Monday morning over 2 1/2 years ago and said "You've had enough".
12. I am most grateful for the memory of what I used to be like, where I'm at now and the hope of where I could be if I take this life, one-day-at-a-time, not give up on myself and keep believing that the Something Within has something more in store for me.
"Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value." ~ Albert Einstein