November is here along with the frenzied holiday season. Halloween decorations are being put away until next year; witches are traded for pilgrims. Holiday recipes are thought about as I exercise in order to make room in my waistline.
Exhaustion already permeates the air. The political season has worn us all down. The weather already promises to humble us. The news flashes images of missing children and mourning families who have been told they’ve been lost.
November is a time of remembrance. A time for gratitude. And while we should feel gratitude all year, November is a time to honor it. My friend Amanda from Twitter has called upon us to blog, tweet, and state on Facebook what we are thankful for each day this November. This challenge, 30 Days of Thanks, is one I feel I need and crave. And maybe we all do after a particularly negative year.
Today, the First of November, I am so very grateful for going to bed exhausted every night. The exhaustion I feel is honest and worthy. It feels good in my body and my mind. And even when I am so tired I might very well cry, I smile as I fall asleep because it is the exhaustion that comes from living my life the way I want to live it. What better way to kiss the day goodnight then with the love of a well-lived?