Though you may not drive
A great big Cadillac
TV antennas in the back
You may not have a car at all
But remember, brothers and sisters
You can still stand tall
Just be thankful for what you got
Thanksgiving seems like a good time to look at songs about being thankful. It’s funny, William DeVaughn says you don’t need the Cadillac, just be thankful. Andrew Gold, a couple years later in “Thank You for Being a Friend,” says, “If it’s a car you lack, I’ll surely buy you a Cadillac.” So which is it?
This also seems like as good a day as any to say thank you, everyone, for all the kind words and positive thoughts you’ve sent my way. I continue to heal, and life is slowly returning to normal…well, my normal.
Without getting too crazy-spiritual on you, I can say that even though this has been one of my most challenging years in memory — and I won’t drag you down by rehashing it all — I have never felt so (oh god, I hate this word) blessed.
No, this is not the meds talking. There is a hell of a lot to be grateful for: my health, a job that does some good in the world and pays all my bills, a massage business on the side that I love and that is (finally) really taking off, some truly wonderful and supportive friends, community, a loving family, two content cats, the world’s best roommate, a very cool landlady, a rent-controlled apartment in my favorite city, a comfortable bed, a spiritual practice that brings me peace of mind, a yoga practice that keeps me physically grounded, a nice bike (albeit with a flat tire at the moment), no car at all, a new bank I like (and my own personal banker who is really foxy), and — let’s face it — enough of everything… although I guess I wouldn’t mind an iPad.
This is the year I started writing seriously, the year I found some solace and meaning in Buddhism, the year I connected with a wonderful men’s yoga community, the year I learned to be alone. I learned to be true to my need for love and not settle for less, and I am learning (maybe I should say, relearning) how to love myself. Thank you falettinme…
I’ve cleared a lot of the negative out of my life, choosing to surround myself with people who have a positive outlook and feeling compassion for those who, for whatever reason, don’t. This is the year I started liking people again. And the year I started allowing myself to feel hope for the future — not just mine, everyone’s.
Put on a record about thankfulness and think about all that you have to be grateful for this Thanksgiving. Actually, do it every day. It might well make you happy.