Thanksgiving is drawing near. It is one of my favorite holidays. It is a time of year that we wake up and begin to notice everything that we have to be truly thankful for. While it should be the case every day as we rise and begin to start a brand new day full of new and exciting possibilities, for many this is not the case. This time of year can be really hard on others. Some maybe grieving lost loved ones, feeling alone or simply have no one to spend their day with. It always makes me smile when I see others that give to the hurting while still celebrating the holiday. When you can make another person feel thankful for something, anything, let’s just say it feels great. Not only for yourself, but for another. How wonderful for the receiver.
This year I Invite you to step out of your comfort zone and do something a tiny bit different. Invite someone over to join in with you that day that normally would not share a meal with you. Invite someone that may not have local family or anyone to be with that day. Extend the opportunity opening up your day and home to someone else to join in to feel and share the spirit of Thanksgiving. Or start your day earlier and take a few hours to go serve the homeless at a local shelter. Do you even know how the nice that feels for the homeless to have someone feed and serve them for welcome change? They can just relax and forget about their struggles for just a few hours? Others our family have done were to donate food to local food pantries. My kids and I have visited a “Senior” living facility and chatted with those in the cafeteria who were eating alone. We literally could feel their appreciation. You make their day and they are not sitting alone watching others families go dine while feeling left out or less than.
We all have so much to be Thankful for. Do you know what you are thankful for? Ponder on this for some time. I made a list and am going to share it with you and my hope is that it will get you to notice that you have much more to be thankful for than you may realize.
My Thanksgiving list:
My breath and just being alive.
My family and friends.
The thousands of others who have encouraged me during my recovery.
The amount of giving, inspiring, encouraging people GOD, Source, Universe,(whatever term you may use) has placed in my path.
My relationship with my Spirit and the gift of being allowed to live after 4 times of facing death’s door.
My writing coming alive again after being dormant for so many years.
The unexpected doors that have opened when I had no idea where I was going.
The seasons and watching them paint a new landscape for all of us to enjoy.
The stillness I give to myself on a regular basis now.
The new perspective I have gained on life and choosing my battles wisely.
The many great authors of numerous books that I have read.
Those are only a handful. Of course, the company and our meal I know I will enjoy. The point of this post was to tell of you how thankful I am for all of you and being with me in my life and to get you to think about some more that you can be thankful for. Make a gratitude list and watch how quickly you will fill it up, when you allow it. Sometimes, I believe we all can forget what is around us every day and take it all for granted. Begin to slow yourself down and above all “Notice”.
Happy Thanksgiving to all!!!