“The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, not the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
Grace, Gratitude, and Living Abroad
This month, Meredith Simmons, a friend I met at a writers conference in New York City 8 years ago, asked me to write about gratitude and grace. She has posted my piece at her blog — I’d love it if on this week of thanksgiving you’d want to read about the grace I found in walking in others’ shoes while living abroad.
“… it wasn’t until I walked the desolate streets of Terezín, a Nazi concentration camp just north of Prague, and soon after began reading about and hearing stories from friends, about what happened to their families during Communism, and the forced labor camps at the Uranium mines, that my questions began to change. By learning about them, about their history, I began to see things from their side …” Click here for more.
Thanksgiving and Friendship
This past week, I turned 40. It was a wonderful week full of celebrating with my family and lots and lots of friends. As with all of those types of life milestones, I’ve been thinking about the importance of things and people in life. The older I get, the more I realize that friends are one of life’s greatest gifts.
There are so many things for which to be thankful — I love Thanksgiving for that reason. After 4 years abroad for Thanksgiving, with the holiday being a normal day not involving turkey or gatherings with family or friends, this year I’m especially thankful for Thanksgiving and friendship. We’ll be celebrating over turkey and wine with dear friends and family. It’s a gift, one of the best times in life, celebrating and sharing stories and thankfulness with friends.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving surrounded by the ones you love and cherish.