This weekend is thanksgiving in Canada, and I’m writing this post today because I’m so incredibly glad for the occasion. It’s a little bit ridiculous to be so glad for thanksgiving, particularly since my family long-ago gave up on the turkey and cranberries and mashed potatoes in exchange for Indian food . . . but the weather is just so lovely, and it’s always a pleasure to get all together. I can’t help feeling good about giving thanks.
A friend of mine recently said to me that it’s great to be a big dreamer, but even better to be a big DOER. And she’s so totally right. I love to imagine sunshiny weather when it’s raining, but it’s even better to actually get outside when the sun does shine (I say while looking at the window and typing on on computer from inside the bedroom – okay, from between my bed covers.)
So I dreamed about self-publishing my book, and now it’s really going to happen. (I wonder if I dream of it getting accepted by some huge publisher, if that would happen as well – I guess the lesson here is to actively make these things happen.) I dared to ask people to help, which is actually rather intimidating – so I don’t know how Terri of A Fresh Chapter manages it time and again.
BUT you know what? Last year at the Mirror Ball in Toronto that raises funds for Look Good Feel Better and Facing Cancer, the hostess said something about asking for money that was so insightful and so valid, I still remember it. Tracy Moore stood up there on the stage and said that people suggest it must be hard for her and Sherry to go about asking for money during the night. But no, she asserted, it wasn’t hard to ask for money because it was going to a worthwhile cause – helping women navigate the emotional hurdles of cancer. It’s not hard to ask because the intention is good.
So that’s something I’ve kept in mind. Now, with the kickstarter I feel much less entitled to ask because while the intention is good, it’s impact is also small. There’s just me and my book. Though I really hope it resonates with those who read it, and that is how the impact can become larger – hopefully!
But anyhow, all that aside, today I’m thankful for being a DOER. It’s not easy, but it’s happening.
I’m also thankful to feel so much love and support. It is amazing. And I really mean it, too. It was amazing (Causing great surprise or wonder; astonishing) to receive such an outpour of support. Now we’re putting the book together bit-by-bit. I ordered more material for the tea towels yesterday, and am receiving edits, and have the cover with Ian, and am trying to learn more about ebooks (with some advice from Opal Carew). It’s overwhelming, it takes all kinds of time, and it’s fantastic. I’m grateful so many people gave their support to this happening.
* I am grateful for my breath. Air comes in and out of my lungs, and I love that sensation. Ever since the doctor said “there are spots” I have had trouble in my chest. Trouble like pain, wheezing, etc. Whether it is psychosomatic or cancer-related, I don’t know exactly. All I know is that it is uncomfortable, and comes on and off. The past week or so I’ve had some strong wheezing, and living with that sensation is truly challenging. Today the wheezing has backed off, and I am grateful for the ability to breathe in and out without that internal crinkling sensation. My mom gave me some drops, and I did some steaming stuff – honestly, I don’t know what helps, but so long as something helps, I am so incredibly grateful.
I am grateful for the tears, because they are easier than the stress.
I am grateful for butter chicken, which I’ll be licking of my plate in a few hours.
I am grateful for family and friends and love.
I am grateful for an apartment that has been repaired. The handyman came by yesterday (and is here again today) and pulled out all our cupboards. Oh my goodness! You should have SEEN the MASSIVE holes behind our cupboards. So of course the neighbours’ smoke was pouring into our apartment. I am not grateful of an inconsiderate neighbour who won’t take his smoking outside. But if I talk too much about that my wheeze will return. Let’s just say that the holes are fixed and I am glad.
And last but not least, I’m grateful for this blog, for the leaves falling from trees, for my husband’s beautiful smile, for the tea we drink each morning, for the sunshine through the window, for hot showers, for friends and family, for the cottage we’ll escape to later this upcoming week, for the support I’ve received in all kinds of ways, for chocolate chip cookies made without much sugar (little bit of coconut sugar) and no grains or gluten . . .
You know what else, I’m grateful for feeling happy right now. It doesn’t always happen, but right now I am – Thank God – feeling good.
So Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you have a wonderful day whether or not you are celebrating the occasion.
P.S. My “Catherine Brunelle Writes” facebook page has a very small number of likes. It was pointed out that maybe I should give it more attention, so if you are in the mood for a little “liking” (and want to follow writing adventures with pictures, thoughts, etc), please do click here and like the page. Thanks!
9 thoughts on “Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!”
I loved everything about this post. You ARE a doer and you inspire me to get up off my own backside and DO something I have been intending to do for a long time. I am grateful for you – the sunshine and love you light up all our worlds with. Love to you and your family xxx
Go and get ‘er done, Marie – I hope it’s something very enjoyable, too. 🙂 Love right back at you. How was the time away? Did you enjoy yourself?
bubbling over with happiness in this post, Catherine. Off to like the page 🙂
Thanks so much, Yvonne 🙂
Glad to experience Canadian Thanksgving with you from here in Austin Texas. Your thankfulness is contagious and I appreciate the inspiring reminder of everything I am and should be grateful for as well. Working towards making things I have dreamed of happen by being a big DOER — that is my new way to look at the world. Thanks. Off to like your page… 🙂
Beautiful words… ❤❤
yes, you are a DOER, and a mighty good one. you made your BIG dream come true with your book, and are still looking towards so many other BIG dreams. I love your ability to carve out big slices of gratitude – and happiness! thank you for this wonderful, lovely post – it’s inspired me, and made me happy just reading it!
much love and light to you and Zsolt, and HAPPY CANADIAN THANKSGIVING (a little late)!
Still in time, Karen 🙂 It’s technically today, but we always celebrate on Sunday.
Happy Thanksgiving sweet Catherine! I hope it was wonderful.
As for your neighbor, and feel free to print this out and put it on his door…
What kind of an asshole refuses to accommodate someone with lung cancer by continuing to assault that someone with their smoke? All I can say is…karma. She is a right bitch.