Happy November guys! Is anyone as excited as I am?
I truly love the fall season so when Alison told me that this month’s theme was gratitude there were many things that sprang into my mind. But the one that stuck with me was change. Now I am not referring to life’s changes (those are much harder for me to find gratitude for) but the changes that go on within us. We are blessed beyond measure to have the ability to change. And not just change, but to learn and to grow! To become better friends, wives, mothers, fathers, children, siblings, people.
I recently had a conversation with a friend where we talked about this. We both agreed that the mark of a strong person is the ability to take in new information and to use it to become a better person and sometimes that requires us to change something. It might be a habit or a long held belief about someone or something but it must change. I experienced this within the context of friendship. There was a woman I came to know through my husband after I moved here. At first I was slightly nervous and intimidated by her. She’s a strong personality and for me was hard to read. Then, I don’t recall the exact circumstances, I began to get to know her. I found that we had a lot in common, and what we didn’t she was extremely gracious and understanding about.
We are now best friends and I can’t imagine not knowing her. She’s the only person I will talk politics with because we are both debaters and understand that the whole purpose of one is to simply gather information. I’ve never once had contention within a conversation with her. Her daughter and mine get along extremely well and are close. They like to interact and play together. If I hadn’t been willing to process the new information that I gained and change my thinking I would be out a very good friend. My daughter as well.
I am thankful for change. I am thankful that I can become a better person over time and always be improving. May we all change and grow. May we be thankful for the privilege of that.