The Things We Take For Granted…

by Kassandra Lamb, on behalf of the whole misterio press gang

All of us here at misterio have lived a few decades (we’re not sayin’ how many) and we’ve had our share of trials and tribulations, some of which have found their way into our stories.

But today we wanted to focus on the good stuff in life. And when we stopped to think about what we were most grateful for, we discovered that it was all too easy to take those things for granted.

So starting off on that theme is Kirsten Weiss.

getting a glass of water at the sink

(Photo by CSIRO, CC-BY 3.0 Wikimedia Commons)

I’m grateful for my family and friends, of course. But everyone says that, so I’ll go deeper.

For my “day job” I travel to developing countries. Every time I do, I’m struck by two things. First, how easy and bountiful my life is – electricity, clean water (and good pressure), food, a nice home, phones that work, a health care system that keeps my family well…

Next, I’m struck by how quickly I forget how fortunate I am once I return home. This western luxury seems so normal, but for most of the world’s population, it’s remarkable.

And from Vinnie Hansen (also very much the world traveler):

Every night, before bed, my husband and I each say three things from the day for which we are thankful.  The difficult part of this blog was to limit my blessings to three:

1. My husband – Because Prague is more fun with a partner . . .

IMG_2736as is Caracas, Quito, Jacó, Barcelona, Havana, Vancouver, Paris, Zihuatanejo. . . .

2.  Good health – In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald creates a theme of the divide between rich and poor, and even the old rich vs. the nouveau riche. But his narrator Nick has the profound realization, “. . . there was no difference between men, in intelligence or race, so profound as the difference between the sick and the well.” I don’t take this blessing for granted. I walk every day, bike, and practice yoga–all exercises that travel well. This pic is from Sayulita, Mexico with the yoga palapa overlooking the Pacific. 🙂

3. Creative pursuits – These feed my soul. In addition to writing, I enjoy playing keyboard with two ukulele groups.

And on the subject of health, from Shannon Esposito:

1.  Being alive. I don’t say this flippantly, as I’ve had a scary year health-wise.

2.  The internet, because it’s allowed me to find my writing tribe.
CDC_pomegranate pub domain
3.  Pomegranates

(I have no idea how that one made it onto her top three list; you’ll have to ask her about that in the comments)

And mine:

1.  I’ll start with health as well. I’ve had a healthy year, but not all my friends have. Shannon’s health scare, along with watching an older friend’s struggle with Parkinson’s disease, have reminded me just how precious and fragile one’s health is.

hand of a statue holding a pen

Hand holding pen on the statue of Isaiah at Piazza Spagna, Rome (by gnuckx, CC-BY 2.0, Wikimedia)

2.  The gift of my talents, both in writing and psychology. We tend to take that which comes easily to us for granted, forgetting that not everyone shares those particular skills.

3.  All the wonderful people in my life. We hear about and read about the bad guys so much, both in real life and in fiction. But most of the world is populated by good folks–honest and caring. I’m blessed to know quite a few of them, including the ladies here at misterio press.

And finally our resident historian, Kathy Owen, couldn’t help herself. She just had to tell us about the origins of Thanksgiving Day as an official national holiday:

engraving of McKinleyPresident McKinley signed into law the national holiday of Thanksgiving in 1897. For me, this part of his accompanying speech aptly expresses the spirit of the holiday:

“On this day of rejoicing and domestic reunion, let our prayers ascend to the Giver of every good and perfect gift for the continuance of his love and favor to us, that our hearts may be filled with charity and goodwill, and that we may be ever worthy of his beneficent concern.”

The three specific things for which I am grateful this Thanksgiving aren’t particularly unusual. I’m sure we all value them: health, family, and humor.

For me, humor is especially important. Whenever the first two have their less-than-ideal times, it’s indispensable!

How about you? What do you tend to take for granted? What are you most grateful for this Thanksgiving?

cute Thanksgiving postcard, circa 1913

postcard circa 1913 (from painting by Frances Brundage, now in public domain)

Best wishes to everyone for a happy Thanksgiving!

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  • Reply
    K.B. Owen
    November 25, 2014 at 7:41 am

    You know I had to work history into it, right? I love everyone else’s perspectives, too! Great list, ladies. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Reply
    Vinnie Hansen
    November 25, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Okay, Shannon, I’m taking the bait. Tell me about pomegranates. I love them, too, but . . . ?

  • Reply
    Shannon Esposito
    November 25, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    I love these, and I love all you ladies that have become my tribe, my friends and a great support system. Okay, fessing up… while I was excited to see pomegranates back on the shelve for their deliciousness, it’s also because my boys will eat salad for dinner without complaining as long as they can add a pile of those tiny red jewels on top. Finding easy dinners is hard. 🙂

  • Reply
    Kassandra Lamb
    November 25, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    I loved the touch of history, Kathy, but I couldn’t resist teasing about it. 🙂 And I now get the pomegranates, Shannon. Anything that gets kids to eat salads is definitely worthy of gratitude!!

    Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! I agree with Shannon. We are blessed to have you ladies as part of our group!

  • Reply
    Karen McFarland
    November 28, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    Hi girls! You know, I try to appreciate each and everyday since the last few years, well maybe even the last decade has been a challenge to put it nicely. And it’s taken its toll on me physically and otherwise. So I can really understand Shannon’s health concerns. If we don’t have good health, it really does make life more difficult. Because of that, I think it helps keep things in perspective. And I especially am grateful for the results of my dear hubby’s surgery! So y’all have a wonderful holiday weekend! 🙂

    • Reply
      Kassandra Lamb
      November 29, 2014 at 11:57 am

      So glad to hear that hubby’s surgery went well, Karen!! Nothing like a bout of health problems to remind us of how important good health is to the rest of our quality of life. As you say, it puts things in perspective. Hope you and your family had a great holiday and are enjoying the nice long weekend.

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