Today was a hard day. Thanksgiving is not a public holiday in Switzerland, so I was at the office all day. On top of that, most non-Americans didn’t know that today is one of my favorite days, so there are very few people acknowledging it. I loved seeing all of the posts of friends & family celebrating on social media, but my heart was sad to be so far away. I am hosting an event on Saturday, so I’ll get my fix in a couple of days, but today, I missed America.
While I was chatting with my mama, she reminded me that when I’m feeling down, it’s productive to make a list of what I’m thankful for. I could write a list for the next day about all that I’m thankful for, but for now, how about I just focus on today?
- A surprise piece of pumpkin pie at the office (even if I had to eat it with my hands)
- An adorable “Thanksgiving” banner from some expat friends in preparation for my party on Saturday
- An expat friend loaning me a smaller wrench, so I could finish assembling the kids table for the party on Saturday (Doesn’t IKEA know I only have one size of wrench?!)
- Conversations via phone and FaceTime with my family celebrating in Ohio, Maryland, and Georgia
- A marathon of Thanksgiving episodes from F-R-I-E-N-D-S to keep me company while I baked chocolate chip cookies
- A friend sharing their assortment of small pumpkins & gourds as decorations for the party on Saturday. They make a beautiful centerpiece on one of my tables.
- Posts and “likes” on social media from friends & family near and far
- The view of the lake & the mountains flooded with sunshine during my team lunch
- And like every day, I’m grateful for this incredible opportunity to live somewhere so beautiful. I know it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and even on the hard days, I’m happy to have the chance to live here.
- Salvation & the hope of eternity…and really, if this were the only item on my list, it would be enough
Happy Thanksgiving to you…wherever & however you are celebrating!