Tuesday, November 23, 2010

To The Ones Who Said Yes

Over the past few weeks, I’ve read several posts from my friends regarding what they are thankful for this Thanksgiving season. I think it’s very important to take time to recognize the blessings and graces in our lives, so these posts have been among my favorites this month. One of the areas in my life I’m currently most thankful for is the amazing people I’ve been surrounded by for the past several months, whether they are physically close or just close in spirit and thought. They are the ones who encourage me to keep going, the ones who make me laugh, the ones who help dust me off when I’ve fallen, the ones who hold my hand and lead when I can’t see where I’m going. Without these people, surviving the ups and downs of life would hardly matter. This season though  I’m particularly thankful to the ones who said yes.

The ones who said yes to new loves, you’ve given me hope that no matter how badly the past may have hurt, opening yourself up to someone is still one of the greatest joys there is.

The ones who said yes to new adventures, whether they are just down your street or halfway across the world, knowing that you have the courage to follow through with new opportunities, cultures, and big life changes gives me the courage to keep stumbling through obstacles and challenges until its time for me to take my own adventure.

The ones who said yes and took the time to meet up with a blogger from the Heartland of Ohio (and in once case let me stay at your home) when it was decided we needed to become friends outside of the blog world. I’ve met such fantastic friends through this little blog and I cherish those friendships more than you probably know.

The ones who said yes, reassuring me that some of the crazy dreams that run through my head are incredibly possible and then spend hours daydreaming and brainstorming with me. The ones who have been willing to listen to me patiently while I ramble on – a convoluted stream of thoughts spilling from my brain that makes absolutely no sense and then somehow help me put those thoughts into some semblance of manageable order.

The ones who said yes, when there were hundreds of reasons to say no, the ones who give so much of themselves and their lives to selflessly serve others in some way. Seeing you put your careers on hold to join the Peace Corps or moving into dangerous neighborhoods others wouldn’t dream of going into, reminds me that this world is about helping others and giving compassionately.

And I’m thankful for you. Yes, you, reading this post right now, who said yes to reading this blog post and the other posts that I write. Without you, this would just be an online journal, but with your input, comments, and thoughts it’s a place that has allowed me to consider thoughts I never previously considered and see beyond my own line of vision. You’ve helped make this a place where I continually come to sort through my thoughts, dream my dreams, and consider the great “what’s next” and for that I am incredibly grateful.

Happy Thanksgiving, friends.

What are you thankful for this holiday season?