30 Days of Thanks – November 2

It’s November 2 and already this is requiring some thought! Some days I just don’t feel very grateful, which I guess is what this whole exercise is about – being grateful even when it doesn’t come naturally. Being human, it feels much more natural to dwell on minor annoyances like an argument with my husband about politics, or the challenges I had in pottery class last night.

Today is part of the Dia Des Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) holiday in Mexico, where they celebrate their ancestors. In the Protestant churches, we called it “All Saints Day.” I love that idea, so think I’ll use that as the theme of today’s gratitude.

I am fortunate enough to come from a long line of amazing women – women who were leaders, business owners, teachers, social workers, writers, artists, musicians. In addition to being loving and creative, they were intelligent, resourceful, and supportive of the generation coming after them.  Today I’m grateful for them, for the example they provided for me, and the support and encouragement to be my own kind of woman. I’m also grateful for the generation that comes after me – including my own daughter, who has turned out to be an incredible human being.

Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them. ~ Unattributed

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