I'm so thankful to be an ex-smoker for more than twenty years. I was able to quit smoking by using patches, realizing that I needed to reduce my anxiety in different ways, chewing on gum, and practicing how to do things for almost a year before I was finally able to quit for more than a few hours. While I still like to munch on things, I often munch on vegetables. Plus, I exercise a lot. I'm very thankful now for the way food still tastes so great and for being able to exercise to use up the calories that I eat whenever I eat chocolate items.
I'm thankful to feel a lot of love
for family, my cats, and my Lord above;
love enhances my life with joyful work and play,
so my heart expands to sing with rhythms every day.
Whenever I write a book or even just a poem, I learn something new through the writing process. While writing my sixth book, Amazing Holiday Paws, I learned a lot about animals. I loved taking animal photos, analyzing the face gestures of animals in the photos, doing research, and thinking about the viewpoints of animals. I also did a lot of analysis of their activities.
In the past, I have most often thought about animals as cute, especially if they were pets. However, after writing Amazing Holiday Paws, I also think more about and imagine the different views of different animals.
While visiting, taking photos, and writing about Washington, D.C. I also learned a lot about the museums, other attractions, and the history of our country.
I'm so thankful for the many food items in my life. While I sometimes now go grocery shopping and do not find everything on my shopping list, I still can buy lots of food to eat. I also have begun to better notice and be thankful for the smell and taste of each food item. Not finding something that I want while shopping sometimes means that a future shopping trip will be a lot happier.
I remind myself of the problems the Pilgrims had centuries ago. I also remind myself of the problems I had when I was newly divorced with two children and using food stamps. Yes, even with the problems of not always having enough food, I was even then thankful for food stamps, the WIC Program, and other programs for low-income families.
During these tough times of Coronavirus, I’m so thankful for being able to have feelings, especially ones of love. I love my cats that always keep me company. I talk to them, and they sometimes talk back. The youngest one is a pure-blooded Flamepoint Siamese cat, and he’s a real talker. I also love being able to connect with my family, friends, and colleagues through texting, phone calls, emails, video conferencing, facebook, and other methods. Love has always been the best way to connect to others.
I'm so thankful for my life, including my family, pets, friends, author events, and job as the Writing Center Coordinator and Adjunct Faculty member at the Community College of Rhode Island. The students, faculty, and staff members at CCRI are great! Everyone at this college is so helpful to each other. When I was a kid, I wanted to be a teacher in order to help others with their education. The reality is that, while I'm teaching and tutoring others at CCRI, I'm always learning at least one new thing every day. For decades, my dream was to become both an author and a professor. My dream has become my reality, and my pets have such great lives, too, I'm sure their dreams are also a part of their reality!
The picture in this blog posting shows some a couple the roses on the rose bush in my front yard. I'm very thankful for the long life (more than thirty years) of this rose bush. I'm always been very happy to see its flowers, especially when I'm walking to and from my car.
Even when I need to give this rose bush some water, feed it some plant food, and/or trim its branches, I still love its beauty, its smell, and its strength.
I'm so thankful that my electric mower is working now. At the end of last summer, it didn't work one day, so I just used my push mower a few times. The push mower last time took me about an hour to mow my lawn because it's really old with blades that need to be sharpened. After work a few days ago, I decided to try to see if I could get the electric mower to work. After less than five minutes of cleaning things, I was using the electric mower again. I had the lawn mowed in less than half an hour.
I'm thankful for so much in my life, including the many beautiful parts of my life. I especially love to see beautiful items become more beautiful. This blog entry's picture shows some flowers that I just planted in my front yard a few days ago. While they're really small small right now, I still love to look at them each day when I get home. It's so nice to see them grow, move upwards, shift their positions, and become even more beautiful every day.
I'm thankful for my busy life. I love helping students to write at the Community College of Rhode Island, where I am the Writing Center Coordinator, an adjunct faculty, and the creator of the CCRI Writing Center's website.
As an author of five books, I love to write novels and poetry, as well as to do presentations, to network with other authors, and to participate in many author events. I also do volunteer work at my church and often have fun with family, friends, and my three cats.
I've said to multiple people that I get bored if I have nothing to do. My realization about wanting to be busy happened when I was only nineteen. I was working in a department store, and I sometimes had to be a security guard, rather than an office person. I had to just stand in one place for eight hours and could only look at people. I wasn't allowed to do such things as helping cashiers when they got really busy. I quickly realized that I loved being busy with many different tasks, rather than having nothing to do beyond just staring at mostly honest people. I know security people today do more tasks, which is a lot nicer in many ways than how bored I was a few decades ago. I'm still very thankful about the times in my life (which is most of the times in my life) when I am healthy enough and happy enough to be very busy.
I'm very thankful to the people who have said "thanks" to me. I'm also thankful to sometimes be able to help others. For example, the photo in this blog is a picture of a diary that was given to me on April 26, 1985. I was given this diary by people at a nursery school at the University of Rhode Island on the Providence Campus. They were thanking me for the volunteer work that I had been doing as a board member for the URI nursery school. I loved the chance to help others, as well as receiving this diary. I wrote a lot of content in this diary and now really love being able to read it (decades after writing it). I have realized that my life has become even more positive than it was back then. With thankfulness going back and forth between different people, we all are living more positive lives.
On May 17, 1985, I received a second runner-up award from the Academy of American Poets for some of my poetry. I've also obviously received some other awards, like membership in Phi Beta Kappa. I'm so thankful for how our society's people and organizations give out awards for different wonderful and helpful activities. These kinds of positive actions make people's lives so much happier. Even decades later, I still love to look at this certificate.
My cats are helping me to get everything ready for Christmas. Their purrs, their loving attention, and their beautiful fur make me smile, especially when I think about how I rescued all three of them from shelters. I love knowing that I am able to help these three wonderful animals.
Two of my cats are very closely connected. In this picture, they look like they're kissing, which they may be doing, or they may instead be grooming each other. Either way, I'm thankful to know that animals are loving and helping each other in my home and in our world.
Love happens in so many great ways. I not only have love for people, animals, my life, and my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, but I also can see love being transferred among others. To know that others have positive lives is wonderful to see, especially on Thanksgiving Day.
At my many author events (http://www.drkarenpetit.com/events.html), I am very thankful to meet so many of the great people in this world! Customers not only buy my books, but also talk to me about their family history, their writing experiences, and other nice activities that are happening in their lives. Also at author events, I talk to the people who have set up the event and those who are participating in the event's activities. It's like a conference because we discuss ideas that help each other to be more successful. At my author events and in other environments (work, church, home, etc.), I also meet, socialize with, and enjoy talking to my colleagues, friends, and family members. The picture in this blog posting happened in December 2017 at ARIA's Author Expo. I am so thankful to the many people in our society who support their family members, friends, literacy, local authors, and local businesses.
The blog entries on my five different book websites are often connected to each other, so I'll be posting this blog entry on all five of my book websites to illustrate one example of the many connections that I often see between my books and their content.
I am very happy and thankful to have pictures like this one. It shows a very loving connection that two of my cats had with each other. I often used to pat them both together while they were lying next to each other. They're both now in the hands of our Lord, but I know I will be reunited with them again one day when we're all in heaven together.
I am so thankful for my three super-sweet cats. Not only do they love me, but they also love each other. They lick each other's faces, play with each other, and even share food and physical space with one another.
I'm so thankful that my four novels are now all published. My first publisher went out of business, so I found another publisher (WestBow Press). The publication process was very fast for my fourth novel (Unhidden Pilgrims) and then even faster for re-publication of the second editions of my first three novels (Banking on Dreams, Mayflower Dreams, and Roger Williams in an Elevator). While updating, editing, and proofing four novels in less than five months is a lot of work, I am so thankful for the experience because I have learned a lot and become a stronger writer.
I am very thankful for my family and their support. We have done many fun activities together, such as Thanksgiving dinners. We also have made heart magnets for our refrigerators. Whenever I look at this heart on my refrigerator, I remember the fun that we had making our heart magnets together. I also smile because of the love of my family and the love of my God.
Whether my choices for political candidates have won or not, I'm still so thankful to be living in a democracy and to be able to vote. Yes, I really do want people with different views from mine to also vote, so we can debate different ideas and have a variety of choices to consider.
Dr. Karen Petit is the author of Banking on Dreams, Mayflower Dreams, Roger Williams in an Elevator, Unhidden Pilgrims, Amazing Holiday Paws, and Holidays Amaze. She is thankful to God for the many wonderful people and positive aspects of her life.