This year, it has been hard for me to wrap my arms around the arrival of the holiday season due to all of the hate that is so present. It is hard to imagine celebrating in a world with so much anguish. How can we go about our holiday traditions while the world is falling apart around us? The more I think about it, the more I am certain that we as a united people, need to come together and give thanks.
So here are just a few of the many, many things that I am thankful for.
I am thankful for my family and friends whom I love more than I could ever express and who fill my life with so much joy. I am thankful that I am able to have a Thanksgiving and for all of the love and teamwork that goes into this day. I am thankful for my health and for the amazing doctors and nurses out there (like my grandfather, brother and best friend) who devote their lives to caring for and healing others. I am thankful for my parents who show me each day what it is to love. I am thankful for the police force and fire fighters who keep us safe and out of harms way. I am thankful that the holidays are a time that bring family and friends together. I am thankful and proud to call New York City my home. I am thankful to work in a place where I am constantly growing and learning. I am thankful for the beach and for sea glass. I am thankful for my dog Piper and the way that she gets so excited to see me that she literally has to catch her breath when I walk through the door. I am thankful for the people at my neighborhood coffee shop who make my tea in the morning. I am thankful for Madaket beach on Nantucket. I am thankful for my morning commute through Soho. I am thankful for my superintendent who goes above and beyond for me. I am thankful for the ravioli at Locanda Verde. I am thankful for guacamole and frozen yogurt. I am so, so thankful.
I figure, maybe we can help to put the world back together if we try to give others a reason to be thankful.