Well. The FEAST is over. We have enough leftovers to feed us for a couple more days, at least. Aside from the cooking (which I confess I did very little of), we watched a couple movies, talked, read, and generally relaxed.
One of the movies we watched was rather thought provoking for me. Everyone from the five year old to the house hunk watched it quite attentively. It was the Disney movie, Up. It says much that it captured the attention of such a widely varied age group.
The movie was generally about the pursuit of dreams--and how those dreams might change with time. What do we do when we discover the dreams we've pursued so relentlessly aren't really what we want? What do we do about dreams that are beyond our reach? At what point to we accept the fact and move on?
This week, I reached a milestone in my life--one of those milestones where you stop and reflect on your life, what you've accomplished, what you've left undone, what you might still be able to accomplish. So this movie was very timely for me personally. It afforded me a chance to stop and assess my place in life. Where have I been? Where do I want to go from here?
For many families, Thanksgiving is a time of reflection. At dinner, we went around the circle as each member from the youngest to the oldest said something they were thankful for. In a year of lean times and upheaval, it seems we have more to be thankful for. Interesting how that works, isn't it?
Today, while many are out pursuing bargains for Christmas, I'll be back at the computer, working, thankful for the skill and talent that allows me to work at home.