The one holiday I really wished we celebrated, here in Australia, is Thanksgiving.
If you’re going to have a holiday, what better holiday to have than one that you share with those most precious to you, one in which you take a day to be consciously grateful for everything you have in your life?
The Thanksgiving tweets in my tweet stream, from overseas tweeters I follow, have inspired me to stop in my tracks this morning and be grateful for everything in this very moment.
- my children, healthy and safe and sleeping soundly in their beds;
- my husband, who is well and happy … and by my side, continuing our life journey together;
- my healthy body, despite the tragic lungs (I could never have been an opera singer) and gammy runner’s hip.
In moments of gratitude, you overlook the ‘nigglies’ and put everything in perspective. I am alive and drawing breath.
- my home … this is a biggie for me, as it is so easy to slip into yearning for what you don’t have. We are renting at the moment so I don’t have the creative freedom to ‘nest’ in the way that makes my soul ‘home happy’ … but life works in wonderful ways and I have found that I have looked outwards, beyond the concept of house/home, and the upkeep and improvement of it, to more life experiences…. travel, adventures with my boys … hence our radical upcoming European Christmas adventure.
- my friends and my work … and my work bringing more friends into my life. I am so grateful for those I deal with in my daily life, the banter we share, the gratitude we share. I find when I express gratitude to those I work with, it comes back 10 fold. I find, in my work, I am focusing more and more on moment to moment gratitude.
I think being grateful attracts grateful friends and generous dealings in your life. It helps you focus on what you do have and breeds contentment. It makes you realise that you have more than enough and that everything you want in life, you have now. You really do. It makes you really enjoy the good times in life and gives you the most amazing strength in the bad times. It is possible to look back on some of the saddest times in one’s life and in hindsight think, ‘wow, in those dark times, I did have happiness, as my gratitude was so heightened’. When you’re stripped to the core of yourself and have nothing else, that’s when you find the well of your gratitude and once you’ve found it, there’s no turning back.
Gratitude has lead me to reassess everything in my life. It has opened the door to more simplicity and resourcefulness in my daily living. I have a little silent mantra I whisper to myself, to remind me to keep things simple, “make do, it’s enough”.
It is enough. We have everything we need.
So today I am giving thanks, having a little thanksgiving of my own, while my family sleeps, saying thank you for everything I have.
Do you celebrate thanksgiving? … even if it is a 5 minute party in your head, tucked up in bed on a cloudy Saturday morning?