My Little Thanksgiving

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.

Grateful for:

– 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?

A-M xx


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22 Responses to My Little Thanksgiving

  1. RuthBT says:

    Beautiful A-M. I too wish we celebrated thanksgiving but as you have done – I will take some time and give thanks for my amazing rich life. I have just returned from a run with my family – a rare occurrence. So nice to be out together racing and laughing and just being. Happy Saturday!

    P.S. On the subject of Paris – I found this article in the NYTimes about electric cars – looks like a great idea!

  2. Brismod says:

    That is the most beautiful post I think you have written. xx

  3. Just a wonderful wonderful post! I have reposted this everywhere! thank you for sharing this, and happy thanksgiving! Mxxx

  4. Ainsley says:

    Thank-you for sharing this post..beautiful thoughts.

  5. Deanne says:

    I agree, I wish we would adopt Thanksgiving!
    We went to a Thanksgiving this year at an American family’s home- it was wonderful- but I ate way too much!

  6. Lee says:

    What a great post A-M. Thanks for reminding me that yes , I do have everything I need…and more. Your inspiring…really. X

  7. Lee says:

    Actually there’s no reason why my household couldn’t hold our own thanksgiving day’ each year. What a nice tradition to start with the children. You’ve got me thinking A-M…as you always do. And I ‘thank you’ for your blog..every day.

  8. Dee says:

    wise, wise words. we should all take a deep breath,a quiet moment and be glad to have those we love healthy and around us.Thankyou for your beautiful post today!

  9. Nadia says:

    I love your mantra. It is so simple and so true. I may borrow it from time to time. Lovely post AM

  10. Neen says:

    Beautiful timely words ……thankyou from Neen

  11. Marjon says:

    Wise and beautiful words A-M and, as always, thought provoking!

  12. Parisgirl says:

    A beautiful post with deep meaning for me so I agree with you all. Yesterday I spent considerable time going through what I am grateful for. The past two years have been the most difficult period of my life but as A-M suggested there is still happiness and much to be grateful for. Above all I am grateful for my two children who are long past being called children. My daughter is now home with me however my son is in West Virginia currently trying to find somewhere open for Thanksgiving dinner. He is travelling alone but always in my thoughts. ‘Grateful’ does not go near to summing up how I feel about my two and the absolute joy they have brought me. I will be even more grateful when my son finally comes home in two weeks, just in time for Christmas.

  13. Virginia says:

    Thank you A-M, as others have said, what a beautiful post. I too am grateful for all I have. Today I am also particularly grateful that I got to experience The Wiggles in concert for the last time with my youngest this morning. I am grateful they were such good ‘babysitters’ when my kids were babies! Vx

  14. Emma says:

    Beautifully said. You made me smile. Thank you for your eloquent messages. Xxx

  15. Cath says:

    And in the spirit of thanksgiving, I’d like to deeply and sincerely give my thanks to YOU, A-M, for your wonderful blog. I’ve been following you for years and the courage and grace with which you have faced your trials, put yourself out there, made yourself vulnerable but shared so openly and truthfully has been such an inspiration to me. For the link to Zen Habits, your Monday nooks, your gorgeous lights – for everything! Happy thanksgiving from another Bris-vegas local.

  16. Annie says:

    ‘ a five minute party in my head’
    I am so stealing this…it’s my new mantra.

    Lovely post sweets.

  17. Sooz says:

    I’ve followed your blog for more than 3 years now and this is my first comment. Last Thursday, we in the Southern Highlands buried a dear friend who at 44 was taken by melonoma cancer , leaving a loving husband and 2 delightful boys . Her funeral was meant to be a celebration, it was , it was beautiful, yet we all sat their blubbering especially as her brother read her final wish for us …………….” Please as you wake each morning, first be grateful that you are waking up , take a breath, smile and say “All is well” . It will make your day a whole lot better.”……………Happy Thanksgiving and Thank you for sharing so much with us xx

  18. Priya says:

    Love the concept of thanksgiving … Everyday should be a thanksgiving , I have so much to be thankful for …. So many beautiful people around md and so much love …. Thanks for the reminder . Much Gratitude,Priyaxx

  19. Ness Lockyer says:

    That is wonderful A-M. I’m so pleased that you have so many things in your life to be thankful for.
    Ness xx

  20. Lovely post A-M, so true. I make sure I spend a little time every single day “counting my blessings” as my mum used to call it.being grateful and content makes for a very nice happy life.
    Fiona xx

  21. Siobhan says:

    Thank you for this inspiring piece on gratitude. Love it. xx

  22. Amanda says:

    Lovely words A-M. I’ve always thought thanksgiving would be a lovely tradition if it were celebrated here in Australia. And you are so right, if we look at all the good in our lives, we do have enough x

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