Today is November 10, 2016.
It has been a difficult couple of days for so many, the majority of them women. I was one of those who felt as if the world had crumbled yesterday due to the results of the US presidential election.
But, today, is a new day, one in which to take stock of what has happened, what could happen, and how we deal with the unknown future.
As it happens to be November, the month in which the US celebrates its Day of Thanksgiving, I decided to turn my thoughts away from the negative and toward what I am thankful for in this life. Yes, I am thankful for what most of us are thankful for: my family, my (more 0r less) good health, that the sun continues to shine.
But there are other things, less mundane things that I am grateful for in my life, and I would like to share them with you.
I am thankful that I was born a woman; and to quote the wonderful Maya Angelou, “A Phenomenal Woman”.
I am thankful that, at the age of 15, I opened a book called “Diary of a Witch” by Sybil Leek and found myself called by the Goddess. It changed my life. That book led to other books. Sybil Leek led me to Z Budapest, Diane Stein, Starhawk, Barbara Ardinger, Merlin Stone, and so many others. It opened doors for me that I may not have otherwise found. I would not have become the woman that I am without having the presence of the Goddess in my life. It began a journey that I am still traveling decades later.
I am thankful that Goddess, in all of her aspects and names, throughout every culture, guides and teaches me in my daily life and protects me when it is needed.
I am thankful that when I need Her, She is always there, at any time and comforts me.
I am thankful for being a Feminist. This, too, became part of my life through the Goddess. Through Her, I have learned, not only my value and worth as a woman, but the value and worth of every woman, even those that believe differently than I.
I am thankful for the Earth beneath my feet. Through Goddess, I have learned that this Earth is She, and She is Earth; when we take care of our Mother, Gaia, we take care of our Goddess, and She, in turn, takes care of us.
I am so thankful for the women I have met because of the Goddess. Some I have only met in passing at a Circle or Ritual, but my life was touched by theirs, as Sisters-in-Goddess.
I am thankful for social media; through it, I have met women who have become such an intricate part of my life, that I cannot ever imagine being without them. Even though we may never meet in person, I will always hold them in my heart, and in my spirit. Social media has brought me together with my larger Tribe – A Circle of Women, a Sisterhood of Goddess-Women and Goddess-Feminists, in which we are bound together by our love and reverence for the Goddess, and by our love and respect for each other.
The Goddess has brought so much into my life and I am thankful each and every day. I wish the same for you.
Goddess Blessings to All!