Wed, Nov 27, 2013 12:33 PM
Reflecting on years of gratitude this Thanksgiving
There is one good thing about getting older. Not only do you get
wiser, but you have many more things for which to be thankful. With
almost 60 years of reflection under my belt (ok, I don't wear belts
any more), I have a long list of thanks to ponder at the turkey
trough on Thursday.
My family - It is hard to believe my little girls are now grown
women. For more than 30 years, the two of them have brought more
joy, love and proud moments to my life than I could ever imagine. I
am thankful they are both in good places in their lives -
successful careers, loving relationships and bright futures ahead
of them. I am additionally thankful for my beautiful grandchildren
who light up my life with their smiles, laughter and
My friends - Like the lyrics say, "For good times and bad times,
I'll be on your side forever more.
That's what friends are for." As I recently posted, "When it
comes to friends and family, I got the long end of the stick." I
have friends who pick me up when I'm down, who laugh with me, who
cry with me, who would share their last dollar with me. I can be
myself with my friends; I never have to act my age around them. I
would go to the ends of the earth for my friends and I hope they
know how much I appreciate them.
My health - I have wrinkles where I need fatty cells and fatty
cells where I need definition, but this is what happens when your
body ages. People our age are all in the same Boomer Body Boat - we
simply cannot comprehend how our bodies are aging while our brains
are still floating in the fountain of youth.
But overall when it comes to health, I can't complain. I rely on a
little blue pill to get me through each day. No, not that pill.
It's one that keeps my thyroid in check. Other than that, I might
tip the Advil Gel bottle if I have a serious headache, but they are
few and far between. Actually, I have discovered the secret to
staying free from diseases, ailments and any other poor diagnoses -
don't get tested! I'm joking. But if you let a doc dig deep enough,
they're sure to find something. Don't be an excavation site and you
will be fine.
My job - It is fulfilling, motivating, fun, has variety and has
given me financial stability. It comes with a retirement plan,
health insurance, life insurance, short and long-term disability,
holidays, paid vacation and room for advancement. I work with
smart, funny, hard-working people and my boss makes me laugh -
often. I work hard and I am rewarded. Isn't this the American
Way that our parents told us about?
I'm also thankful for a few insignificant items.
Spanx - though I have never worn true Spanx undergarments, I did
recently discover Spanx tights. When I put them on I feel like I
just had a successful workout.
Black Coffee - I am thankful that I have no interest in a
double-expresso, sugar-free, latte mocha grande or any other of the
millions of combinations that Starbucks offers. One black coffee at
the Keurig each morning and my day starts off on the right
Google - it remains my go-to answer machine. I can find the correct
spelling of a word, how to get some place, what I want for lunch,
who was the 18th President and what day will Christmas fall on in
Glasses - would no longer be able to drive without them.
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups - ummm, needs no further
Last, but certainly not least, I am so thankful for my readers.
Writing is a creative outlet for me and I love sharing my stories
of life as a Baby Boomer. I always appreciate your feedback,
especially my regulars (thank you, Daryle) who make me feel it is
This Thanksgiving, take the time to think about all the positive
people and things you have in your life. Enjoy the holiday with
family and friends whom you cherish. Let people know how much you
appreciate them and above all, appreciate yourself.
Happy Thanksgiving one and all.
Cindy Phillips is a columnist for The Mountain Times. She can be
reached directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.