And the winner is you. Yes, YOU! You have navigated this year with its twists and turns and valley and mountaintops. Good job! No matter what has come your way in 2023, you kept bending and enduring. And coming back in the tougher times.
You deserve a HUGE ribbon and trophy for your fortitude and your faithfulness to not give up. How do I know you’ve bounced along some jarring roads? We all have in some way because it’s just how life meanders, but I know some of you faced a number of sucker punches that almost left you down for the count. Yet…you got up, even wobbly kneed at times, to keep going the distance.
I applaud you! I just want you to know that this Thanksgiving, I am thankful for you and your steadfastness. As we enjoy a holiday meal Thursday, let’s all be sure to pause and thank God for those hard times too this year. Gratitude loses its flavor if we haven’t tasted trials. Without frustration, angst, and pain, we wouldn’t comprehend freedom, joy and contentment.
“This Is a Wonderful Day”
I love this quote by author and poet Maya Angelou. “This is a wonderful day. I have never seen this one before.” If we watch for each day to unfold with a sense of wonder and anticipation, we can keep gratitude at the forefront of our mind and heart.
I experienced this recently at a Veteran’s Day weekend dog show when my collie girl, Raenie, won the top female spot among the rough collies. She then won first against 15 other herding breed dogs (Australian shepherd, bouvier, Belgian malinois, etc.). That allowed us to represent the herding group in the Best in Show for owner handlers, those of us who are not professional dog handlers. What a thrill! I was definitely tearing up over this “and the winner is….” The second day, Raenie placed third among all the herding breeds!
As grateful as I am for both my collie girls, I know what it’s like to be on the other end of winning. Even the end of losing a beloved pet and AKC champion show dog way too soon. I don’t think I’d have the same appreciation for winning at a dog show if I hadn’t experienced the gut-wrenching agony of Bellie dying at age 3. Our deepest wounds can someday lead to our greatest joys.
You’ve Never Seen This Thanksgiving Before
“This is a wonderful day. I have never seen this one before.” Let’s greet this Thanksgiving with this enthusiastic attitude. We’ve never seen this specific Thanksgiving at this exact time in our life. We’ve journeyed through 11 months of 2023 and we’re still standing. Maybe a little shabby around the edges, but we’re here. This is a wonderful day!
And if you happen to catch some of the National Dog Show on NBC on Thanksgiving, be sure to look for the rough collies and smile. Raenie, Maisie and I will be smiling too and thinking of you.
No matter what has come your way in 2023, you kept bending and enduring. And coming back in the tougher times. And the winner is YOU!