An attitude of gratitude.

Thankful for these turkeys. 

My mom taught me a great many things. How to use a semi-colon. That Cool Whip topped with chocolate syrup makes a dandy dessert. To approach life with an attitude of gratitude, no matter what curveballs are thrown your way.

My mom had poor health for as long as I can remember, but she was the most grateful person I’ve ever known. It’s an attribute I strive to emulate and pass onto my own children. Sure, it’s been a rough year. Actually, it’s been a rough few years. But there is still so much to be grateful for every single day, and I am blessed beyond measure in so many ways.

So as we prepare to tuck into the Thanksgiving feast, I’m taking the time to count those blessings and to share the things for which I’m grateful.

My family.

My friends.

My home.

The fact that I can get out of bed every morning.

This wonderful community of writers and readers.

Of course, that’s just the short list. There are a gazillion other things for which I’m thankful, which is yet another reason to be grateful.

How about you, my friends? What are you thankful for during this season of gratitude and beyond?

Author: Kathleen Valenti

Author of the Maggie O'Malley Mystery Series, including Agatha- and Lefty-nominated PROTOCOL.

17 thoughts on “An attitude of gratitude.”

  1. Happy Thanksgiving to you, Kathy, and to all. I’m grateful for family (fur babies included), friends, and the writing community. I’m also grateful for the glorious weather we are having today, for each and every person reading this blog, and for my Mysteristas sisters!

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  2. Happy Thanksgiving, Kathy, and to your family. I too feel grateful for all that life has given me, even the tough times that have made me who I am and given me reason to appreciate the good times. Blessings to you and yours.

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  3. I grateful for a lot of the same things you are, Kathy. And grateful that I get the opportunity to do this writing thing and for the people who like the stories I put out there.

    Grateful for the love of the dog that gets me up at six every morning.

    Happy Thanksgiving all!

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  4. This has been a difficult year for my family as well with two tragic deaths. Through it all, people have rallied to support us, lend a helping hand, and give much needed hugs. I would have never imagined that we could endure such sadness, but we did and we will continue to endure because there are people to hold us up. Happy Thanksgiving to all.

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  5. Thanks for an amazing post Kathleen, your mom sounds a lot like my mom and dad. Mom had the poor health and a good attitude but dad is the one who instilled the positive attitude, the be thankful for what you have because someone around the corner is always worse off attitude.
    I am so thankful for an amazing family who love me for me and accept my health issues and help out. I am thankful for amazing friends like you, ones who listen and don’t judge. I know you have an amazing family who are there for you as well.

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  6. You said it so well, Kathleen! Ditto on all the gratitudes. I can add one more: I’m ever so grateful that my kids have grown up into such wonderfully loving, caring, yet independent adults. Enjoy the holidays!!

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