If 2011 was a typical year and someone asked me what I was thankful for on Thanksgiving, I'd probably respond with something sarcastic–but nonetheless true–like "HBO's premium Sunday lineup" or "Chipotle's continued dominance in the fast-casual restaurant industry."
Because when life goes pretty well for you, it can be tough to be truly thankful for stuff sometimes, I've found. You can remind yourself that you should be thankful, and you can make lists of the things you think you should be thankful about, but it can be tough to feel that stuff in your bones. (But who knows, maybe I'm just a callous, detached former newspaper reporter with black ink still pumping through my arteries.)
I've haven't found that to be a problem this year, however. I've watched former colleagues of mine lose their jobs. (One of them was even laid off before she showed up for her first day of work.) I've listened to family members talk about their struggles with debt and credit, particularly those with children. And, at 28, I'm at the age where people I know are starting to die with increasing regularity.
Pretty dark stuff, right? But that's where we find ourselves these days. And, for better or worse, I haven't had any problems with feeling any of that thankfulness stuff. I'm thankful for my family. My friends. My employment. My sanity. That pretty much covers all the bases, I think.
What about you? What are you thankful for this year? Tell us in the comments section below.