Thanksgiving of a Different Sort  (11/23/2011)

I have discovered, strangely, that I have a whole host of different things to be thankful for, this Thanksgiving season

Money is tight in our household; our income has dropped steadily the past few years, yet for this I am thankful: It has helped us tremendously to approach our expenses with a wise, practical and balanced eye; to eliminate the frivalous in favor of the essential

I am thankful for simple entertainments, when the old days of expensive luxury have passed us by. I'm thankful for a beautiful sunset, seen while sitting with my wife on the front steps of our home, now that more expensive travels and luxuries are not as often seen. I'm thankful for the increased bills my family endures, because they have taught us, by neccessity, how to manage our household finances more wisely. If we can survive and thrive in lean times, then perhaps, some day, we will be better equipped to appreciate more prosperous times...

I am thankful for the few friendships I have lost, this year: People, once dear to me, who out of neccessity I had to put to the side due to differing directions, goals and the never-ending flow of selfishness, arrogance, and deceipt they have shown me. Their loss has made me appreciate the friends that remain, and the new friendships forged since then, a whole lot more. Now, instead of the struggle to maintain the appearance of a relationship with those who never wished one to begin with, I can relax and bask in the company of sincere, simple folk who can appreciate our company with no thought of avarice, control, or gain...

I am thankful for the beat-up, twisted, wickedly old Nissan Altima I still drive which, though not as luxurious and shiny as more modern vehicles, is still thriving ten years later, and seven of those without a car payment required at all!

I am thankful for the decay and chaos that currently swirls about our once great Country, because it has inspired me to retreat back into the gentle confines of my own Family and find my joy and appreciation a bit closer to home than in years past. I am thankful for the corruption in the State of Connecticut, because it has shown me that, in the end, none of us can truly relay on any one person or organization for support and consideration until we have first learned to rely on our own strengths and abilities...

I am thankful that the last of my children stands on the verge of 'fleeing the coop', as it were, and leaving my wife and I alone in this huge house. That absence has created a wonderful vacuum in our lives which has very rapidly been filled with the the smiles, the laughter, the teasing, and the joy of our own grandchildren instead. That vacuum has also coaxed me closer into the gentle arms of my loving partner in reality and made me appreciate her wonderful presence in my life, even more so than ever before...

I am thankful that much of my previous online activities have either soured or become amazingly inane, these past few months: that abrupt change in my evening schedule has encouraged me to delve back into my writing and my recent web development (as this website stands as a testament). Perhaps this new re-dedication of my abilities with software may prove a boon sometime far in the future...

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone, from my family to yours! May you all join with me this year, in the midst of troubling times, and come to the same realization that now slowly dawns on me: That success in life isn't measured by the number of your toys and your trivialities, but by the degree of fulfillment, joy, success, and benefit you can glean, for yourself and those that matter in your life, with the ones you have been given...

Andurant Krinn
November 23, 2011

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