Feeling Thankful

Yesterday was Loy Krathong here in Thailand, a lovely holiday though a little noisy with all the fireworks, which upsets our animals.  Today is Thanksgiving and I am feeling thankful in so many ways.  It is easy to glance over what we are thankful for and take for granted all the little things which go into making us happy and our lives fulfilling.

Health and fitness are high on my list, for without them I would not be able to enjoy much of what makes life worth living for me.  Doctors and medication are not part of my life and I am thankful for that.  I have no vices or addictions except coffee perhaps and of course the love of a good woman.

Love is way up there on the list of things to be thankful for.  To love and to be loved adds an element of joy and comfort which I am not sure can be compensated for by other things in life.  I would not trade the relationship I have with my wife for anything.

I am thankful for the love, support and freedom given to me by my parents over the span of their lives.  Thankfully I was able to spend time with them in their twilight years and my wife was able to know them and spend time with them as well.

I am thankful, that for the foreseeable future, we have no financial worries.  While there are no guarantees in life, I feel confident that I have done what I can to prepare for what remains of my life and my wife’s after I am gone.

They say money can’t buy happiness but it can arguably make life more comfortable and enjoyable.  I am thankful for this house I live in and the views I enjoy.  I am surrounded by creature comforts and space for my pets and my toys.  Nature is in full view from inside the house and stepping out the door I can walk the dogs next to rice paddies or ride my bike from 50 to 100 kilometers through open countryside.  Sunsets are a daily indulgence, weather permitting of course.

I am thankful that I found Thailand when I did, in my early twenties, and that I have been permitted to live here for the majority of my life.  I am thankful for a life that has not been burdened by expectation or permanence.  By moving at three, thirteen and twenty-three the bonds of people and places were broken, affording me more freedom of choice I think, than if I had remained in one place.

I am thankful I don’t live too close to town, even though that means a long drive to do certain things.  Living in Bangkok for thirty years I grew accustom to it taking an hour to get anywhere and often much longer.  Now I live less than an hour from town and really enjoy the drive.  Part of that is down to not living on a schedule, having nice roads with varied scenery and having a comfortable fun vehicle to get me where I am going.

I am thankful for this beautiful weather we are having right now.  Cool clear nights with a full moon to illuminate the fields and mountains, a touch of fog in the mornings for mood enhancement and warm sunny days to brighten the spirits.  The light this time of year is amazing.

I am thankful my wife will be getting her university degree soon and that she has learned so much and done so well.  She has plans to continue her educational pursuits but there will be a long enough break that we may have time to travel, assuming we are able to find someone to take care of the animals and the house.

I am thankful for the absence of toxic relationships in my life.  I have always found it easier to do things on my own than with others.  I like people in small doses and infrequently though some of our houseguests bring great joy and excitement during their stay with us.  Other than my wife there is no one I would enjoy seeing everyday and anything more than a day away from her is something I never look forward to.

I am thankful for the internet and the way it brings people together over great distances while giving you control over how and what you share.  Living were I do would be more difficult without the ability to connect with the broader world when I wish to.

Finally let me say how thankful I am that you took the time to read this and hope you take some time to consider what you are thankful for today.