Thursday Thoughts: It’s a Wonderful Life

I had told you I would share the reflection paper I wrote for my Critical Thinking class as a Thanksgiving post, but I was so busy I didn’t have a chance to post it.  So it’s a week late, but I am still thankful for my wonderful life.

 

It’s a Wonderful Life

by Heather Dicianna

I have a wonderful life, and I don’t need an angel to show me just how wonderful it truly is, because I recognize it every day. In fact, I could say that I have many “angels” in my life, because I am surrounded by loving and supportive people who believe in me and encourage me to follow my dreams. Also, I get to spend each day doing what I love, being creative, and bringing new things to life. How wonderful is that?

By far my biggest supporter is my husband, Lorne. He tells me I’m beautiful, smart, talented, and strong. He brags about me and my accomplishments. He shares my blog posts about my business and encourages people to check out my website. He goes to events with me, helping me load and unload the car and set up the tables, and he keeps me company and mans the booth when I need a bathroom break. He reminds me constantly that he loves me, in both words and deeds. When I thank him for his support and for putting up with me, he looks baffled and says things like “I knew you were an artist when I married you.” I am truly grateful to have such an amazing man in my life, and I hope I am giving him just as much love and support as he gives me.

I have a handful of friends who continuously amaze me with their generosity. When I first moved to New Hampshire, I really only knew Lorne, but his friends quickly adopted me as one of their own. I felt like part of the “family” immediately, which is a testament to both their open-mindedness and their love for Lorne. If I made him happy, then I was okay in their book! But that really just opened the door, because I feel they love me for who I am as well, and not just because Lorne loves me. They have become my friends, too. Oh sure, they’ll still kill me if I ever hurt Lorne, but it will sadden them to have to do so!

I also have an incredible network of “online” friends from around the world, people I can chat with anytime, keep up with on Facebook, play games with, and occasionally meet in person. Some of these friends have stuck by me through some fairly dark times in my life, and gone out of their way to help me out when I needed it. Some offered me a place to stay when I had nowhere else to go, and kept me from being homeless or having to live in my car. Some stood up for me when others tried to bring me down. Some encourage their friends to check out my business. Some tune in to my radio show and let me know they’re listening, which is greatly appreciated. Always nice to know I’m not just talking to myself! It is absolutely untrue that online friends are not “real” friends. Even those I have yet to meet in person are still definitely real friends I truly care about.

Another group of wonderful people in my life includes my parental figures: my mother, my father, and my step-mother. My parents and I had some difficulties as I was growing up, but what kid hasn’t? I am grateful that they love me and encourage me to be who I am, rather than who they think I should be. They may not have always agreed with my decisions, but they always agreed they were my decisions to make. They give me unconditional love and support. Having all three of them travel from the other side of the country to attend my wedding in August was the perfect gift.

And it’s a wonderful life because I get to spend my days doing what I love. I am an artist and designer of handmade jewelry, clothing, accessories, and costume pieces. I “rescue” unwanted items and turn them into new treasures. I get to express my creativity and individualism, and help others express theirs. I also have the joy of creating custom orders, and seeing the excitement of someone who is getting exactly what they were looking for. I get to help them bring their vision to life. I may work 12-18 hour days for very little monetary return, but it’s a labor of love that I know will one day pay off.

I have a wonderful life, and I am grateful for everyone and everything that makes it so wonderful.

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