This year, Jo’s more thankful than ever

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Turkey Day is here again — let’s sing a song of cheer again, Happy Turkey Day hooray!

This past summer my very good friend Daria tagged me with the Facebook “What I am Thankful For” challenge. It was a three-day challenge — but due to my aversion to reading instructions, instead of the three days I answered the call for the entire month.

The first few days were easy. Grateful for family, good health, a job, the usual. But as the days progressed I found myself really searching for those good things, and by the end of the 30 days, the miracle kicked in and taught me an invaluable lesson.

Nothing in this life is to be taken for granted.

From the smallest of good fortune to the biggest gift of all — another day — everything in this universe is to be appreciated and thanked.

By the end of the month I found the more I thanked, the more grateful I became, and the more I realized how truly rich I am. Finding that favorite seat happened on a daily basis along with an immensely peaceful easy feeling (sorry Eagles) that greeted my everyday. So much so that my blood pressure went down, which is a miracle that not even medicine seemed to accomplish.

So here it is, T-Day again and I am sharing what I am thankful for:

My friend Daria for the challenge.

And now I am tagging all of you — give the challenge a go. Start with the turkey on your plate, your friends and family around you, the warm sweater wrapped around your shoulders, and see where it takes you. Like me, you just might discover that peaceful easy feeling greeting you everyday and how many riches there really are.

Along with thanks here are my wishes for you all:

• May you always have the ability to laugh at yourself and have your tongue firmly planted in your cheek.

• May you always have the time you need, the time to appreciate the small things and the time to live through the big things.

• May you never lose hope that you’ve run out of time.

• May your turkey be juicy, your gravy not lumpy, your sides plentiful and only split with laughter, and, most importantly, may you always have the time to savor those pies.

Thanks to those who read my words, whether you agree or not doesn’t matter, because without you, there wouldn’t be a “Not for Nuthin™.”

So Not for Nuthin™ have a happy Thanksgiving.

Follow me on Twitter @JDelBuono.

Joanna DelBuono writes about national issues — and holidays — every Wednesday on E-mail her at
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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