The Giving of Thanks

It's the day after Thanksgiving. The leftovers have been stored. Already, folks are saying, "What, turkey again!" Those that over-indulged yesterday are working on the diets they said they would start. Life goes on.

I wonder, at the end of today, how many of us will give thanks? What about next week, next month, next year?

Thanksgiving, like Valentine's Day, and Mother and Father's Day, is a holiday that I think should be celebrated every day of the year. Just think how much richer our lives would be if, every day, not just once a year, we celebrated "the Giving of Thanks." Gratitude is such a wonderful gift to give ourselves as well as others.

I challenge the readers of this blog to begin a new year, beginning today, by taking a moment each day to give thanks. Reflect on your day. Look at how, even the moments that were most difficult, helped bring you to where you needed to be. Sometimes, hindsight being 20/20, we don't see how adversity is a blessing in disguise. A grateful heart and mind helps us discern these moments.

My suggestion for beginning a thank-full life would be to journal your gratitude. It is a great way to record those things in our life that give us cause to be grateful. It also allows us to return to a certain time and place in remembrance of what we were thankful for.

Melodie Beattie has a great quote, "Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity.... It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow."

May you create visions of peace, love and happiness through your individual journey of Giving Thanks.

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