Yesterday was the equinox, for all you peeps in the know. Cultures around the world and way back to prehistory have been celebrating this time as a moment of balance before the days become darker and colder. For a lot of people in the northern hemisphere it's a time to celebrate the second harvest, a time to take stock of what you have reaped and collected against the hungers of winter. And for that reason, it's also a time to say thanks, to be grateful for what you have.
As much of a struggle as it's been for me this year, I believe I have a lot to be thankful for.
My parents have been supporting me, both financially and in many ways, spiritually, for several months now. I could never have held on to my home this long with out them, and I am so thankful for that.
I'm also grateful that I have love in my life. That I can give love and receive love from the wonderful people that I hold dear.
I'm going to add my cats to the list, especially Cici and the Brute, who are, sometimes, the little mewling things that keep me going every day. When I want to stay in bed and worry, Brute is my snuggle thing, and when I want to get up and face the day head on, Cici makes sure I have a smile on my face while I do it. And Smeagol, who is simply a blessing, in his own little short bus way.
I'm thankful that I have a strong healthy body capable of doing all the things I want to do.
And I'm thankful that I have a sharp mind that is still hungry for knowledge and never tires of learning.
I'm thankful for Scotland. That it exists, that I've visited it, and that I can fantasize every day of my life about living there one day.
Finally, I'm thankful for all of the friends I have met online this year - through this blog or flickr or facebook or etsy - who have become real friends of the spirit, if not of the flesh. It's amazing to have people all over the world I can share things with, learn from, and cherish. The world is, really, such a small, beautiful place.
Take a little time today to think about what you are thankful for, and what light you have collected against the darkness.