Every year on Thanksgiving Day someone will ask you what you are grateful for. This is fitting.
At its heart, Thanksgiving is a holiday about celebrating life. It is about remembering the things that are truly important and cherishing the special people in our lives. It is about celebrating our connections and spending time in our community. In short, Thanksgiving is about expressing gratitude.
Women over 50 have experienced their share of challenges. Despite, or perhaps because of this, we understand that being thankful can help us to stay strong through tough times. Gratitude is a lens through which we choose to see the world. It is an anchor in life’s turbulent sea.
The author Anne Lamott once said that there is nothing like walking with a dying person to get life in perspective and to stop thinking about “how thin your lashes have become or how wide your bottom.” So, let’s be truly grateful today. Let’s celebrate the wisdom that we have earned. Let’s remember and cherish the people we have lost. And, most of all, let’s be thankful for the people who make our lives special!
I recently asked the women in our Sixty and Me community “what are the things that you are most grateful for?” I thought that it would be appropriate to share their answers with you now, on Thanksgiving Day. Please read them and then tell us what you are grateful for today in the comments section at the end of this article.
Lisa – For three wonderful children that drive me nuts and grandchildren that do no wrong
Sandi – My children, my husband and most important – getting my heart back
Jane – Having the courage to attend a presentation on planning for dying
Lise – The Sixty and Me community for being there when we are blue and lonely
Kathleen – That my husband and I have survived. 9 children, 4 tours of Iraq (by 2 sons) and now 5 wonderful grandchildren
Jacqueline – Surviving cancer
Diane – Pretty much everything
Bern – Getting older, wiser and assertive, without being discourteous or uncivil
Mary – A healthy and peaceful life – and something new every day
Terry – My soul sisters
Judith – Recovery and my grandchildren
Mathilde – My health, husband, son, family and friends
Lilian – My husband and family – and their good health!
Anne – My health, my hubby, my kids, my gorgeous grand kiddies and two fur babies
Regine – My Health, my husband and our daughters – and this beautiful land Austria
Paula – My beautiful grandchildren, our family and our health
Geneva – My family and home
Rose – My family, friends and health
Amy – My God and my family
K – My good health. My family and friends. My strong faith. My dogs and the music that makes me dance.
Ruth – My health, my family and my friends
Sue – Good health
Cori – My husband
Sybille – My husband of 46 years, a wonderful daughter, my son in law and two sweet grandchildren
Becky – My friends and loved ones, my health and working in a free country
Alda – My son!
Juetta – Good health and happiness. I would do it all over again after 39 years
Laura – Family, especially my grandchildren and the smiles they give me
Joan – Friends and freedom
Sandra – My sons, daughter-in-law, grandchildren, friends and church family
Patricia – My family, especially my brother, who makes me laugh when I feel blue
Candace – My grandchildren and good health
Giovanna – My faith
Marian – Two loving sons, a roof over my head, food to eat, and my dear friends
Marta – My family, friends and health
Carol – My kids, my friends, my health and my new man!
Sharon – Having enough food and money
Linda – Seeing the good in everyone
Lucie – Happy ThxGiving to our American sisters! The thing I am most grateful for is my husband and son
Patricia – My children and grandchildren, who light up my life
Bernadette – My Health, friends and family, a roof over my head, my animals and so much more!
Peg – For my health and my pension
Soozie – For still being here!
Lynda – My positive attitude
To be able to exchange ideas with such a fabulous group of women!
Linda – To get a second chance at life after illness
Maureen – Family. Love. Prosperity.
Susie – To live alone after the loss of my beloved husband four years ago
Michelle – For becoming a grandmother. It is wonderful!
Gladys – I’m grateful for LIFE ITSELF!
By the time we reach our 50s and 60s, we have so much to be grateful for! I hope that you will take the time today to remember what is really important. Celebrate your good health. Be thankful for your friends and family. Most of all, be grateful for being alive at such an exciting time, surrounded by people you love. We are so blessed to be here right now, in this moment.
What are you grateful for today? Do you have any special plans for Thanksgiving this year? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below and don’t forget to like and share this article if you enjoyed it.
Margaret Manning is the founder of Sixty and Me. She is an entrepreneur, author and speaker. Margaret is passionate about building dynamic and engaged communities that improve lives and change perceptions. Margaret can be contacted at email@example.com