Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
Today is the day that many of us count our blessings and think about all the things for which we are thankful. My list is similar to a lot of people's: I'm thankful for my family, my friends, our health, and our home. I'm thankful to live where I do and for the opportunities I've had. I'm thankful for my talents and abilities. I'm thankful for God, through whom all things are possible.
But I don't want to focus on any of those today. Instead, I want to give thanks for something that might not be on everyone else's list. Today, I'm giving thanks for friends I've never met.
The first 30ish years of my life, I had exactly one friend I had never met - a penpal who was assigned to me as a school project. Having a friend you'd never met was definitely unusual in the 70's, 80's and into the 90's. Not so anymore. Once I started participating in online message boards and following (and then writing) a blog, I have become friends with dozens of people who I have never met.
It seems hard to believe that true and genuine friendships can develop between people who have never met and or even spoken on the phone. But it does happen. I am blessed with amazing friends all around the world. If you have a minute on this Thanksgiving Day, go "meet" some of my friends and tell them Cindy says hi!