November 27, 2010

Giving Thanks

This year I feel particularly grateful for so much. Here is a list that is by no means comprehensive:

*The health and wellness of my immediate family. I feel so fortunate for that and my heart aches with empathy for those facing serious illnesses and health challenges within theirs. 
*Chris, to whom I wrote a love letter earlier this week and with whom I hope to be, ad infinitum.

*Related, my loved ones. All those family members and friends who physically and/or spiritually enveloped Chris and me as we declared our commitment to each other in marriage just a few weeks ago.
*Speck the dog who brings joy to my life every day with her little face.

*The wheels of social progression. I personally believe that I stand on the shoulders of feminist women who came before me in the fight against sexism. There's still work to do but I am grateful for the incredible amount of headway made in the last 100 years.
*The cocktail of luck, timing, and labor that yielded a job despite all odds (literally).
*Perspective and how it humbles and challenges me to be a better, more thoughtful person.
*The technological developments that make distance less daunting for families and couples. My parents marveled over how exciting it was to Skype with Chris who was in St. Barths this week for Thanksgiving. And it reminded me of how fortunate we are to have economic and technological access to such an invention.
*The ability to give back. Whether it is through donations of time, labor, and/or finances, it serves an important reminder to keep a reasonable perspective, particularly when it comes to one's own privileges. Rather than buying something superfluous for myself, I can take those funds and put them into charities or other giving opportunities. This week my university is collecting toys and clothing from the wishlists of local children who participate in the Head Start program. I chose one boy and one girl, both four years old, and had such fun shopping for them.  Here are some of the gifts:

*The reminder that so many are less fortunate due to the extreme privilege disparities (economic and otherwise) that exist in the United States and all over the globe. And the desire to work to change or ameliorate those disparities in ways both small and large.

Happy (belated) Thanksgiving!


Raquelita said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Jess! The photo from your wedding is lovely!

I always try to give a little extra to the charities that I support this time of year. The gifts you got for those kids are wonderful!

SunnyDay said...

I loved reading your list, Jess.

Jesspgh of Consume or Consumed said...

Happy Thanksgiving, La Historiadora! Thank you for the kind words!

Thank you Desert Flower! I like reminding myself to be grateful and Thanksgiving is one of many opportunities to think of good fortune.

Carol said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Jess! Your list is a lovely one - and the gifts you got the kids are really great. =) Very nice.

A Stylized Hysteria said...

I am also thankful for speck! Whenever I see a picture of her, I can't help but smile!

Jesspgh of Consume or Consumed said...

Thank you so much Carol! I love that your blog In Pursuit of Pretty Things is encouraging people to give to the Dress for Success organization!

A Stylized Hysteria, aww thank you! I agree she is a cutie pie!

Tippy said...

I missed this post on Thanksgiving but really enjoyed reading it, it's extremely thoughtful.


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