Someday I’ll look back at this time of my life with even more gratitude. Don’t think for a second that I don’t know that. I’m keenly aware of how lucky I am—silly lucky, ludicrously lucky—to not only be in such a wonderful time in my life, but to actually recognize how wonderful it is while it’s happening. Usually it’s not until years later that we can identify those periods in our lives, but I’m living in one now. A time of real growth, of change, and of miracles nearly every day. And I’m ‘sploding with gratitude.
We’ve been on this journey now for a couple of months, and in that time I’ve thought and felt and dreamed things that had either been long asleep or that I didn’t know I had in me. Possibility and potential that once seemed so far out of reach, has started popping up right there on my front porch.
On the flipside, this time has also been incredibly trying, gut-wrenching, and has tested my emotional mettle. Getting to the point where I could even start was one of the hardest things I’ve done. Since then, I’ve been stretched to within a tissue-thin tick of my emotional tolerance only to find those fibers strengthened and stretched to give me more capacity to love and to take care of those I love.
I’m glad we’re here together. I’m glad you’re on this trip with me. I have no idea where this whole journey goes, but the fact that you’re out there reading this, that you care, that you check in, that my puny little Instawords get to land in the giant hearts of those I love—that means everything to me.
Happy Thanksgiving from San Francisco (where I started celebrating each year with a Dungeness feast we call “Crabsgiving”). When the “What are you grateful for?” train makes its way around the table, there’s a lot I could say—job, friends, family, good health, new beginnings, new beginnings again, banana parfait pudding, the Jane dog, even more new beginnings—but instead, just imagine me raising a meaty crab claw and saying the one word that describes everything I’m grateful for right now: YOU.
Happy Thanksgiving, friends.