What Are You Thankful For?

It’s Thanksgiving Day for the folks in the United States and I didn’t take a day off from the health and wellness journey because I’m embracing a routine and would really like to take it seriously.

As much as I love Thanksgiving, we don’t generally celebrate commercial holidays in my household. Hallmark doesn’t determine my humble thanks or celebrations. That’s a rant for another day but suffice it to say, Pat and I are about 1200 miles away from family and close friends and we both know how to cook really well so, if I want “Thanksgiving dinner” I can do that any time of the year — and I do. It’s great! You should try it.

2020 is Kind of Sucky, y’all

Okay, maybe I’ll write about it a little bit because it seems appropriate. While 2020 has been a shit storm for a lot of people all over the world, I’m thankful for the roof over my head, the food on my table, and the man sitting next to me.

Every day is a blessing, even when, at times, things are really hard.

Dare to Laugh and Have Some Attitude

“You cannot control the behavior of others, but you can always choose how you respond to it.” Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

In my ever-present quest to be a better person (in my own eyes), I’ve become more humble. Maybe it was the universe kicking me in the ass every so often that keeps me grounded.

I’ve realized that I cannot control what happens but I CAN control how I respond. I used to have terrible fits about things going sideways. It was a waste of energy and never helped solve anything.


If you find yourself asking “Why Me?” all the time, the answer is “Why NOT Me?”

Seriously. Why not YOU, me, him, her, or them? Why not? Shit goes sideways for everyone. That’s why I stopped asking that question. I’d be a Class-A jerk if I didn’t feel bad for someone’s misfortune but I’ve got enough of my own, which is why I’ve learned to be thankful for the things I have and laugh at the things that get stupid in my life.

When I wrote Your Boredom is NOT My Problem, I realized that neither are your issues. I can be kind and considerate but I can’t solve the things you need to work on. I CAN share my stories and experiences. That’s what this journal challenge is all about – and I’m thankful that you’re tuning in – but I can’t make you learn from or be inspired by it. That’s on you.

Now, while you guys are passed out in a turkey coma, I’m going to get more writing done. Until tomorrow and Happy Thanksgiving, 2020.

Health and Wellness Log

  • 1.5 miles walk/jog
  • Apple cider vinegar drink
  • Goofing off with my husband
  • Cooking a nice ham dinner with homemade perogies
  • Getting some writing done

Featured image source: Pixabay

Meredith Loughran
Meredith Loughranhttps://meredithloughran.com
Meredith Loughran is a content creator on multiple platforms, advocate for goodness, and Editor-in-Chief at WildOne Forever. She hosts The Morning Nosh on the WildOne Forever podcast and spends the rest of her day chasing down stories and interviews. She resides in Central Florida with her husband, Pat, and two rescue dogs.


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