Today’s my 44th birthday. The great thing about your birthday falling near Thanksgiving is that it’s the perfect emotional setup for reflecting on the things you’re thankful for.
I could write a long list of things I’m thankful for. It has been a truly remarkable year. But instead, I’d like to share a short list of things that took a little longer to appreciate.
As I get older, I find myself more open to the lessons life wants to teach me, even when they’re unpleasant. It’s not that I like difficulty or disappointment — I hate it, and I avoid it whenever I can (my go-to tools are procrastination and/or shying away from a challenge). But it’s just a matter of time till life’s “pigeons of discontent” (as Gretchen Rubin calls them) demand their due attention.
It’s the old saw about making lemonade out of lemons. But it’s worth taking a moment to be thankful that life’s lemons, for now, are really small.
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So there you have it; The List of Small Lemons For Which I’m Thankful. May all your lemons be small as well. Happy Thanksgiving, friends.
Asha Dornfest is the co-author of Minimalist Parenting: Enjoy Modern Family Life More By Doing Less and the publisher of Parent Hacks, a site crammed with tips for making family life easier.