I give thanks for my family–my parents and sisters who shaped me and brought out the best in me, sometimes through encouragement, sometimes through challenge. I am who I am because of my father’s work ethic, my mother’s generosity, my sister’s guidance, and my other sister’s goodness.
I give thanks for every young(er) person who calls me Aunt Kay. The privilege of being with you from birth (or other circumstances) forward has enriched my life beyond measure.
I give thanks for my family of choice: My friends, mentors, guides, colleagues, teachers, students, trainees, alumni, co-workers, writing groups, communities. I am who I am because I wake up every morning knowing I am safe, secure and loved, and I am inspired by you to greet the day and do good work.
I give thanks for the men in my life to whom I’ve been married or partnered. Each of you taught me priceless lessons about life and love and the ongoing relationship with self.
I give thanks for my work, the Divine Plan that brought me face-to-face with my destiny in 1982 and cleared a space to stumble happily into my life’s work in 1985 and has been a constant source of grace and gratitude.
I give thanks for the people who support my business and me: my employees, coaches, webmaster, landlord, vendors, suppliers, printers, CPA, attorney, bookkeeper, tech guy, graphic artists, audio and video editors, transcriptionist — it takes a village to raise a business and I am grateful for your contributions and teamwork.
I give thanks for a simple lifestyle, a me-sized home, a lush and fertile garden, the “leaping greenly spirits of trees” (ee cummings), the wilderness preserve across the street where I walk and commune, the relentlessly sunny Colorado sky, the majestic Rocky Mountains, and my deep roots in the place I call home.
I give thanks for my robust health, my sturdy resilience, my strong muscles and healthy organs and fully functioning mind.
I give thanks for my creativity, with me since my first breath, finding constant expression.
I give thanks for my country, where there are bright times and dark times but always another chance to find a better balance. I give thanks for my first career choice, journalism, and for the liberties of free speech and a free press. I give thanks for the right to speak truth to power in nonviolent ways.
I give thanks for the Earth and all its beings and blessings.
I give thanks to God, to the All-That-Is, for this one small life on this one blue marble in this vast, complex eternity. I’ve been given wonderful work to do and wonderful people to do it with, and that is my forever thanks.
For what do you give thanks?