Since about five years ago, Thanksgiving and Christmas just haven't really done it for me. I provide for my kids and try to put on a brave face-but the two holidays had just really lost most of their meaning to me. It wasn't because I was ungrateful or not appreciative. I am very grateful for everything and those I have in my life. It's just been that some events had happened and circumstances that I had just grown really unenthusiastic about them. However, this year I have some things to be excited about! For starters, Cursed Awakening has been picked up by XOXO Publishing and unlike Publish America-they're a reputable company with great people who have added me to their team! I am so excited that I can't even put into words my feelings about it! Another thing I am very happy about is this year we'll be spending part of our Thanksgiving with friends. I also am really Thankful this year for all the great people I've gotten to meet. Some are fellow authors, some are accomplished authors and artists, musicians, and many are just people out there that are truly good people.
I am also Thankful for all my loved ones that I get to spend another year with. A person I have met on a social network was telling me about how this year is not going to be a very good year. This individual has MS and is going to have a rough time making ends meet-harder that usual. Money is very tight and they've exhausted all their resources,yet this person is persevering. I've seen a lot of hard times-I'm no stranger to them as most of us are, but this person really reminded me of what is important. I'm hoping that this person gets some help because they really need it. It's times like this when I wish I had the fortune of Bill Gates, because there are so many I wish I could help!
So when you're feeling down about all those trivial things that seem so big-just remember there is someone out there that maybe could use a hot meal, something warm, or some way to be able to keep their utilities on because of their fixed incomes. Our economy is in a real mess, or at least it is for the United States and there are more and more places throughout the world who are being affected. There are people who don't have homes, who have a child who is sick or a child they've had to say "good-bye" to, people who are missing their loved one who is overseas and can't be home, and 1000 other circumstances that we should be thankful we're not in. So I ask, as you get ready for your holiday meal or your Christmas Shopping-even if it's just something as small as putting some spare change in a Salvation Army bucket, or donating a blanket or clothing, or perhaps just providing a few toys to some needy children for the holidays-I ask that you do it! You'll be a better person because of it and you know what-you'll make someone's bleak holiday just a little brighter!
So if I don't see ya,talk to ya, or blog-Happy Thanksgiving and Season's Greetings!