In Gratitude

imagesThere’s a popular 12 step slogan…change your attitude with a little gratitude.

Yes, I know…it sounds more like a bumper sticker, or a mug or dish towel you’d find in a  church gift shop.

But the truth is, it can really whirl your world around like nobody’s business.

It’s Thanksgiving, so traditionally this is our annual day of appreciation along with permission to stuff ourselves to the gills.

No turkey is safe as we hunt them down to acknowledge our blessings. Wish some of the men I’ve known were included in this pursuit…that said.

Despite my array of problems, I am very, very grateful for so many things.

To be able to write this for one. Having something I love to do as much as writing is my biggest blessing to date. All the mornings I wake up in tears there’s the page that awaits like a friend extending her hand.

I have a home that’s warm and totally mine with treasures stacked in every corner…things I love like books and trinkets, a colored photograph of Paul and Linda oh so young, gracing one wall.

I knew Linda McCartney because of all the animal advocacy she did. When I look at her eyes the color of twilight, she reminds me to always step up for the fateful four-legged.

Reminds me to have gratitude for who I am…a conscious soul who doesn’t turn away, who can feel the plight of others through her thin skin.

I think of my friends, though fewer than before, who stalwartly stand by as I fumble and stumble, my ears behaving like rodeo clowns….Amy, Bill, Chris, Ed, Evelyn, L, Pam, despite how alone it feels, I know they bob closely, like buoys in the water.

Mustn’t forget Carmela who for all these months has been my very best friend…wagging her tail when she sees me…giving me kisses to take home.

Thanksgiving is more a day of reckoning than jello-shots of Pepto Bismal, so I will linger in that thought as the day makes her gracious way.





About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Thanks.
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14 Responses to In Gratitude

  1. micklively says:

    You’ve posted a good message and more should take heed. It is too easy to focus on the things that we would like to be different, ignore all the things that are good and the plight of those who don’t have them. Advertisers make their money by creating this state of mind.


  2. skinnyuz2b says:

    My mom grew up so poor that at one time her mom and four sisters (dad died young) didn’t have the two cents necessary to buy yeast for bread. So they went hungry for a few days. Eleven years ago, as she lay dying from cancer she said, “I’ve been so lucky to have had such a good life.” It’s all in your perception, Susannah.


  3. katecrimmins says:

    So beautifully written. I can feel the sincerity. You are such a kind and gracious person. It shows in your writing.


  4. Lynn says:

    So many of us could benefit from taking a moment to be grateful for all that we have, rather than all that we seemingly feel we need to make us happy.

    This was never more evident to me than when I visited Morocco last spring. As we met families of our guide & driver, witnessing their struggles firsthand, we could help but feel ashamed at what we deem to be necessity.

    I wanted to share one of my favourite Ted Talk videos with you, one that talks about gratitude. It begins with a narration describing the process but at about 3:28, a video starts that, in my opinion, delivers a powerful message. Grab a cup of tea. curl up & enjoy.

    Wishing you a lovely Thanksgiving.


  5. Lynn says:

    You are so sweet Susannah. We celebrated Thanksgiving up here in the Great White North, back in October. I am heading out on a girls’ weekend though. A big stone fireplace, a good book, a great group of gals, wine & lots of chocolate. Call me grateful!


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