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Cindy Maddera

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. I can't even believe how this year just flew by and here we are again, scrambling around with all the hustle and bustle of the on coming social obligations and general anxious buzz of a new year about to begin. Next Thursday, Chris and I will sit down with family as many of you will also do and take time to be thankful. Thinking about it now seems a little silly to me. After spending over a year of taking a moment each week to be thankful for something (anything), makes one day out the year for thankfulness seem minuscule. Now I'm just more thankful for the excuse of Thanksgiving to sit down to have a nice meal with my family. This time of year also tends to make jittery. I start fretting about things I haven't done yet or the things that I will need to do. I get that clenchy stomach feeling and Chris starts asking me "what's wrong?" all the time. I begin to struggle. All of this is what makes these Thankful Friday entries so damn important. It forces me to stop and be mindful. It forces me to be thankful for this present moment. Over the last few days and next following weeks, my meditation mantra has been and will be "I will find contentment and peace in this present moment". And this is what I am thankful for today.

That and the possibility of licking David Sedaris on the face when I meet him at his book signing tonight.