November 24, 2011
IT'S MORE THAN GOBBLE, GOBBLE by Kathy Ivan
Thanksgiving's a rather special day for me. It's more than just stuffing my stomach full of delicious foods, watching too much TV, and napping away the afternoon. Thanksgiving is that time of year when I try to take a moment and reflect on what has happened to me; the good, the bad, and the ugly.
I'm always grateful when the good outweighs the bad and/or the ugly. I have so much to be thankful for this year. In the last two years, so much has happened to me as a writer. I had my first book accepted by Carina Press and published—a feat I was beginning to believe would never happen. I was asked to participate in a group of writers, meeting at a fellow writer's home (big thanks Vicki), to help be an encouragement to other writers as well as work on our craft, provide moral support and just generally be there for each other through all the ups and downs.
This group soon became known as the Plotting Princesses. We meet twice a year, have some terrific food, fun, do workshops, writing exercises, brainstorm works for each other—in other words we're there for every member of the PP's.
From this wonderful and supportive group we launched this blog, and as they say the rest is history. . .
I'm thankful that my health has improved to the point where I'm no longer on medication. That in itself is a blessing. I have type 2 diabetes mellitus, which was diagnosed about 3 years ago. At that time I had no idea, no clue, anything so major was wrong. I went to the doctor for something I thought was a minor issue, had some routine blood work done, and got a phone call back almost immediately stating I had diabetes. Talk about a mind-numbing moment (actually more like stark, limb shaking, stomach knotting terror). But sometimes something that can be the bad/ugly thing can be something we are thankful for. Because of that diagnosis, I had to make some lifestyle changes. Big ones. Major ones. I wasn't thankful or grateful at the time but now I can say with certainty that I am.
So, these are just a few of the things I'm thankful for this holiday season. What's on your list? I've shared and now it's your turn. What are some of the things you're thankful for?