The word “fine” implies that it is well balanced and in tune with the subject of conversation. At least that is what it has always meant to me.
The fine art of being thankful is trickier to me.
Who are we thankful for?
How do we show our appreciation?
Are we grateful enough?
And finally, is it consistent in all that we do?
Sometimes I do not do a very good job of that last one. Often I forget how good I have it and when something doesn’t align with the stars, the things I can be thankful for, I forget.
So this week in honor of Thanksgiving, the focus of my November daily blog challenge will be centered around being grateful. However, I do not want it to read like a thankful acceptance speech each day so I hope to be creative in what I come up with.
The love of writing for me started in third grade when I would come up with stories. My teacher encouraged me to keep being an author after she had read some of them out loud. It continued in 5th grade when my teacher had a “Writer of the Week” contest. This gave me the practice to explore different topics and learn to be creative.
It always begins with teachers. I have been so fortunate with so many of mine. When I joined my college newspaper, I worked with very talented editors and a wonderful advisor.
I am thankful for all the opportunities I had to learn and grow.
When I turned 40, many of you know that is when I started this blog. My husband helped me set it up which I assure you required a lot of patience on his part because technology and I do not mix well. Without him, I would still be figuring it all out.
I was welcomed and encouraged by a tribe of bloggers. Each of them I aspire to be more like in many ways. There are many groups I am part of, that have taught me so much about writing and creating an audience.
Which leads me to you…the audience.
Thank you for reading this and so many other pieces by me. I push myself to be better and will forever be a work in progress but your comments, kindness, and willingness to share make me feel proud that I put so many thoughts out there.
Being thankful is indeed a fine art but like so many fine things, it gets better with time.
Thank you for reading day 20 of the daily blogging challenge. Ten more days and your email will lighten up! 🙂