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Lisa Luedeke :: Gratitude for the Hard Times
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Gratitude for the Hard Times

Posted by lluedeke on November 25, 2012


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As Thanksgiving weekend ends, my heart is filled with gratitude for a dream that finally came true with the publication of my first novel this year, and for my family, who continues to support me on this amazing journey even when it is hard on them because I am away so much. 

I’m thinking about how grateful I am for work that I love; for lifelong friends that are second to none; and for a home and family to come home to.

I'm grateful that after flying back from working in Las Vegas (!) for a week, bone tired, on a red eye, my amazing husband had the house clean and ready for guests, and prepared a delicious Thanksgiving meal while I slept.

I'm bowled over every night as I get ready for bed that this is my life, and to discover, as I get older, that life actually does get better and that mine is overflowing with blessings and possibilities and friendships and love.

And I’m grateful for all the kind words from readers of Smashed these last three months since publication, especially the kids, because I wrote it for you, and hearing your enthusiasm and appreciation and connection to the characters I created lets me know that I did my job and it was worth the time I put in to get it right.

2012 is a year I will always remember, and that it came after a very difficult and uncertain 2011 makes is all the sweeter.  If any of you are struggling now, it really will pass.  It always does if you all I can stick it out.  After many dark periods in my own life, I’ve just begun to learn a lesson that is only possible to embrace in hindsight: The blessing of hard times is that after they pass, our capacity for gratitude and empathy is deeper and richer than it could have been before the struggle—or without it.


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