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I am thankful.
I am thankful for all the people who have been kind enough to be my friends, and I am grateful to all of you who have stuck with me. I can't count the times when even a simple kind word made all the difference and kept me from spiraling down into an isolated cocoon of depression. I am also thankful that my friends respect me enough to let me know when I am being, or am about to be, a dumbass. To all of you, I pledge to do my best to be more deserving of your friendship.

I am thankful for my family. Tied to me only by biology, they have stuck with me, even though I am so far away--and have on occasion spun wildly out of control. It would have been so easy for any of them to just say, "That's it; you're on your own." But they didn't, and I am thankful.

I am thankful I have my physical, mental and emotional health more or less intact. The last several months have been very trying, and my health has been tested in ways I wouldn't wish upon my worst enemy.

I am thankful that, either by inheritance or education, or a combination of both, I turned out to be a relatively intelligent human being. I see all around me the profound damage that ignorance and apathy can cause, and I am grateful that I am at least smart enough to avoid most of it.

I am thankful to finally be gainfully employed, in a position that allows me creative expression and freedom. With a job market and economy that has kept so many able-bodied and -minded people out of work--often for very long periods of time--I consider myself exceptionally lucky.

I am thankful for my coin collection. This may sound weird, but I can lose myself and regain my focus when I study coins. I have always been fascinated by the rich history that is reflected in those tiny little works of art stamped onto metal. Studying them is almost a zen experience for me.

I am thankful that I am able to freely express my thoughts and opinions. Though I may disagree with yours--sometimes very forcefully, even--I am thankful you have the same freedom.

I am thankful that I have not become so cynical that I can still spot and appreciate special little things, like an iridium flare high in the night sky or a big, beautiful luna moth perched on my porch. To borrow a phrase from John Steinbeck's East of Eden, I feel singled out and special all day long when something like that happens.

Finally, chances are very high that if you are reading this, I am thankful for you.

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Happy Thanksgiving to you, too, wolfy, and thank you for your friendship.

*hug* And I thank you as well, foxy; you've been the best friend a wolf could ask for.

Happy Thanksgiving, Lou. May you find all that you seek. :)

I think I am on my way; things are definitely turning up for the better!

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*hug* As am I. The though of having to go through the last several months completely alone makes me shudder; I am not sure I could have done it.

Happy Thanksgiving!

*Offers Bday cake*

Thank you! And Happy Birthday! o(:o)

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