Living In A State Of Gratitude –
November 23, 2010 –
Does it seem really nice to you that the whole nation stops what it is doing (except for many retail outlets) to count their blessings once a year? Does it give you that warm fuzzy feeling inside to get together with relatives whose company you may or may not enjoy? Countless hours are spent in the kitchen and many cooks are exhausted by the end of the day. The newspapers are filled with ads so that people can start planning their 4am shopping trips on Black Friday and of course Santa makes his first appearance in Manhattan.
A day of truly being thankful for our blessings surrounded by friends and loved ones and an abundance of delicious food is certainly a beautiful thing. Sadly, the true meaning sometimes gets confined to a short table prayer, and the percentage of gratitude we carry in our hearts can be small in comparison to the percentage of energy we put into other things.
This year to celebrate a true Thanksgiving, how about finding some time just for yourself to be alone with your thoughts? During that time, create your gratitude list. It could be on paper or it could just be in your mind. For the purposes of this gratitude list, look above and beyond your problems, and don’t leave anything out, no matter how small.
If you’re able to walk around, see, smell, taste, or touch, start with those things. If you have friends, family, neighbors, job, shelter or food, give thanks to God. If you are missing any of those things but you have possibilities, hope, faith or freedom, then celebrate your potential. If you arrived home safe at the end of the day and if you have the strength and courage to do it all again tomorrow, you have something to be grateful for. If you are going through hard times, be thankful that you never have to go through them alone. God and your angels are your constant companions whether you are aware of their presence or not.
Above all, be grateful that you are loved, you are special, and you aren’t finished yet. To be allowed to come to earth at this time and in this space means you have a spiritual family that gathers around you, not only on Thanksgiving, but every day and every moment of your life. To be here now means you are blessed beyond measure, and you have important heart work to do to help anchor love as the predominate force on Earth.
I know that if you think about it, you can come up with that list. I know that if you pull out that list and read it when times get tough, you will move through the tough times with more ease and grace. I know that each and every time I review my list you will be on it. And that’s how to have an attitude of gratitude. Have a blessed Thanksgiving.
With love and light,