Give Thanks

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Beans, Greens, Potatoes, Tomatoes... It’s that time of year where the turkey isn’t the only think stuffed. With all the hustle and bustle of life, we can finally put a brake on life. November is the time where we reflect on our lives, pondering about all of our blessings. This year, my family is having a Thanksgiving dinner since my older sister is married and spending her first Thanksgiving with her husband’s family as his wife. I was assigned the green bean casserole while my little sister will bake good ole mac & cheese. We aren’t a fan of turkey, so we eat ham instead with a honey glaze drizzled on top. I always wonder what it would be like to spend Thanksgiving with hateful cousins, nosy aunts, crazy uncles, and hysterical grandparents.

Table talk… How’s college going? Are you dating anyone? What happened to that boy you were with? Are you sure that’s a good major?  Advice: Talk less, smile more. 

Families go around the table, naming one thing their thankful for. We are thankful for the generic things like food, a house, a family, and our loved ones. I honestly hate going around the table and naming one thing we are thankful for because it’s so cheesy. Leave me along, don’t you know what I’m thankful for?

To be thankful means living in a state of gratitude. We list all of the tangible things that make our life better, but there are other things we are thankful for.

I sit here, reflecting on my life and all that I’ve been through. A year from today I was at my worst. I was at my lowest of lows, and I didn’t think I was going to make it through the rest of the year. I didn’t think I would be okay. Fast forward a year later, I’m doing just fine. So, in no particular order, I am thankful  for:

1. Time

Time heals. Everyone kept reassuring me that time heals. I didn’t listen because I was sick of feeling terrible. They were right. A year ago I was lost, confused, and desperate. Today I am found. I am strong. I am okay. Give it time. I’m thankful for the time I have to heal, the time I have to be with my loved ones, and the time to grow. Time is actually a blessing when you know how to use it.

2. Art

I have recently picked back up my love for photography. It’s not exactly what I had in mind but baby steps, right? The world is going digital. My heart lies with film. I love to capture and convey emotions, feelings, and ideas. There have been so many opportunities to make art out of people, and for that I am thankful. I’m moving on up and finally doing what I love. I am finally finding my happiness. I can’t wait to see where I’m at in a year.

3. Coffee

My love for coffee began in the beginning of 2016. I had no other way to cope, so I headed out to the coffee shop. I admire, observe, and giggle at people in my environment. A cute guy has not approached me yet, but I am still convinced I will meet the love of my life in a coffee shop. I love how coffee can bring people together. If it wasn’t for coffee, I wouldn’t have the friends I have now.

4. Friends

Many tears and many sighs. I am thankful for those who put up with me. Shout out to those I’m comfortable enough to share my heart with. Thank you to those who are always encouraging me and always picking me back up on my feet when the weight of the world is crushing me. I hope I do the same for you.

I thank my God upon every remembrance of you (Philippians 1:3)

5. Family

To be honest, I have neglected my family within the past years, too caught up with boys and friends and wanting to be ‘cool.’ My dad is always telling me to stay strong and that I will be okay. My little sister always knows how to make me laugh no matter how I’m feeling. She also makes sure I’m acting right. My older sister and her husband keep up with me and stop by at the house just to eat our food. My family are my best friends.

Cherish your family time even if they get on your last nerve. Love them. Keep them close. Sometimes it’s all you have. Happy Thanksgiving! Give thanks. Give joy. Give love. Let others know how they have blessed you in your life.

How are you spending your Thanksgiving?


Nawleen’s Paper




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