This post started out as a list of things I was thankful for. It was stupid. It was a good exercise for me on a personal level, but it’s not anything anyone would want to read.
So let’s instead talk about everything that stinks.
We’re coming up on the deluge of holiday consumerism. It’s crazy; we have one day a year to express gratitude, and we promptly follow it by fighting each other over kids’ toys and buying all this stuff we don’t really need, or things for others that they don’t really want.
But it is does give a temporary boost to the economy.
It’s cold out. I seriously don’t know how you did it last week if you’re from Buffalo. The snow’s going to start sticking and we’re all going to have to drive in that and it’s awful. I wish for perpetual Spring.
But the cold weather does cause a significant drop in crime rates.
Sometimes our money is tight. We work our bums off, and then sometimes the numbers from all of our variable incomes just don’t turn out to be what they’re supposed to be.
But we have an emergency fund. And things have never been so bad that we’ve had to send our kids to bed hungry.
I want a house. With a yard. With enough bedrooms for everybody. It’s years off at the closest.
But I do have shelter for my family. Regular, consistent, shelter. And that’s not something everyone is able to say.
I am crazy busy. And lately it’s been really hard to feel zen about it. So much to do, so little time. There are things on my to-do list everyday that don’t get crossed off, and tons more things get piled on daily. Happy Holidays.
The holidays I’ll be spending with my family. Because I am so lucky to have them close. And they provide me with infinite help. I wouldn’t be able to get anything crossed off my to-do list without them. And the length of that list? It’s just evidence of how lucky I am to have work that pays while others are without.
Now I want to ask you something. You can answer it in your head. You can answer it in the comments. Whatever you’re comfortable with.
Here it is:
On the eve of all things thankful,
What goes here?
And what goes here?