Would love to hear what you're thankful for, so throw it in comments!
For me, I'm keeping it simple as I look back on 2007 and try to identify what has made me thankful this year.
I am thankful that God, for whatever reason, decided to allow me to be born in a country where people can push themselves to meet their full potential. I am also thankful that He has blessed me with two daughters who are growing into the finest examples of what the promise of our country is all about. I shudder when I read stories from other countries where women, young and old alike, are treated as chattel. I continue to pray to God that my daughters and the generations of daughters that follow them will never allow themselves to be subject to the kind of abuse seen in places like Saudi Arabia. This most recent abuse in the form of punishing a 19-year-old young woman for being gang raped--6 months in jail and 200 lashes. The lashes cannot be given all at once, of course, because that would equal a death sentence for the woman. I continue to pray that the mothers of these daughters will rise up and fight. I'm thankful my upbringing would ensure I would. In my heart, I know I would die before I would allow that to happen to my girls. Not only would I die, but I'd take as many of those sorry SOBs with me when I went.
I'm thankful for the men and women who wear the uniform and pledge to defend us from evils such as those above whether the evils are cloaked in foreign or domestic gear. It takes a special breed of human being to fill combat boots and I couldn't be more thankful or proud that my nation produces the finest, bravest, truest hearts to do the often thankless and usually dangerous job.
Aside from those higher order kinds of thankfulness, I have lots to be thankful for within arm's reach.
I love my husband and my girls beyond measure. I am thankful for every day I have been given to spend with each of them. No matter how much I complain about the house and the work that needs done to it, I'm thankful to have a place to call home.
Having a brain that works pretty well is also something I'm thankful for now as always. Being a few months from law school graduation is a place I never imagined I'd be. I have gratitude for everyone who has helped me along my journey either with encouraging words or thoughts or actions. The victory of graduation will be a shared one for certain.
Even though Oscar is gone, I still count him among one of the things I'm most thankful for--his companionship and loyalty outlasted beings of lesser character for certain. Always a friend. I still miss that crazy dog. And, yes, I'm thankful for Annie. Everyone should have a "special" case in their life for whom they must develop patience to appreciate. As far as Henry is concerned, you can ask Hubs. I have said it every day since he came home with us: I love this dog. And, SSM, he is doing great--over his baby eating incident without further problems.
I encourage you this Thanksgiving to seek out what you are thankful for and to do so in a pure, non-relative way. In other words, none of this, "I'm thankful for my house...it could be worse...I could be living a box." "I'm thankful for my husband...at least he isn't like so-and-so's husband who plays golf every weekend and never calls when he's going to be late."
Just. Be. Thankful.