November 28, 2013
It’s the one day of the year when we are reminded to consciously be thankful. I think the observance of the first Thanksgiving is one thing, something historical, albeit controversial these days. However, I feel the concept of giving thanks on a daily basis is something different. I try to give thanks daily. While I appreciate the time allowed to be with family and loved ones, that does not happen on a daily basis, I try to be grateful EVERY DAY!!
This morning I am sitting in the dining room of a hotel, waiting for my family to wake up. I am so full of joy and gratitude when I think about my children and my husband. When we get to be all together, I feel as if the movement of the universe has cooperated to bring me this magnificent blessing.
I was searching the internet trying to find some sweet sentiment of the day to post on FB, when I stumbled across a favorite: Tiny Buddha’s blog. http://tinybuddha.com/blog-posts/
Celestine Chua posted an entry titled: 60 Things to Be Grateful For, http://tinybuddha.com/blog/60-things-to-be-grateful-for-in-life/ It is fantastic!
She reminds us to be thankful for:
Our Sense of Sight for it allows us to see the colors of life.
Our Sense of Hearing – For letting us hear trickle of rain, the voices of our loved ones, and the harmonious chords of music.
Our legs and lungs. Our tears and disappointments. Our happiness and sadness.
Our mistakes and heartbreak.
Our home, our beds.
Our enemies and kind strangers.
In short, she reminds us that everything is deserving of gratitude. Every day.“Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.” — Henry Ward Beecher
To paraphrase another saying circulating the internet:Today I will count my blessings, practice kindness, listen to my heart, and breathe.
If I hope to practice gratitude and thankfulness fully, I will do these things every day not just one day in November.
Celebrate giving thanks!