On this day of Thanksgiving – I give thanks for many things. The past couple of years have not been easy ones and I have seen highs and lows and the lows have been very low. The times have not been easy for many – many of us have lost our jobs, many have lost their homes, some have lost loved ones, there have been divorces/parting of ways, disappointment in many things. One thing that I have learned over the years is that there is always a glimmer of good in every disappointment or set back – sometimes it is harder to find it and sometimes it takes longer to come across than at other times. Another lesson I have learned is that the universe only gives you what you can handle – and yes, believe me I have been there when I just ask why and think I will not get through, but I always do.
There have been many days where it has taken everything for me to get out of bed, get dressed and go through the motions of the day and there have been many nights where I have not wanted to go to bed because I do not want to face the next day – but through all that I am still so thankful for so many things.
Yes, I lost my job – but I think it was one of the best things that ever happened to me. It made me reassess my priorities and to finally follow my dreams and passions. I might not be able to give my daughter all the monetary things that she was used to, but I have given her so much more – teaching her life skills, spending precious time with her that I would have never have had if I had been in my “corporate” job, helping her with her learning. So – I am so thankful and grateful for my daughter and for all that she gives and teaches me on a daily basis.
On this day of Thanksgiving, I am thankful for:
~ the sun rising;
~ my local farmers;
~ the local shopkeepers;
~ my home;
~ the clothes on my body;
~ the air that I breath;
~ the water I drink;
~ the teachers that come into my life when they are needed;
~ the path that has been shown to me;
~ the strangers that will become friends;
~ my acquaintances;
~ my dear, dear friends;
~ my family;
~ my daughter – and most of all –
The list could on and on – because in everything that we do and in who we are there is some form of gratitude!
I hope you spend some time today reflecting on your life and what you are most thankful for – let other know and show your gratitude for those that are in your life now, for those who are no longer and for those yet to come.
Have a most splendid of days and I part, sharing a few of my favorite quotes for this time of year!
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds. ~Theodore Roosevelt
We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures. ~Thornton Wilder
Grace isn’t a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal. It’s a way to live. ~Attributed to Jacqueline Winspear
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow. ~Melody Beattie