In my last blog, I mentioned how I have been out of pocket for a few days with all the cold/flu symptoms plus the usual flare discomfort.
Before publishing my blogs, I ask my husband for his feedback. His reaction last week was different from the previous ones. He mentioned how my tone was darker than usual, less optimistic, and not as uplifting.
That was a wake-up call for me.
How can I enter Thanksgiving week with heaviness in my heart? My words mirror what I feel inside. While there are a few things I wish could be different, there are so many everyday blessings around which I need to pay more attention to.
Happiness comes with kindness to ourselves and others, along with gratitude. Joy and happiness are inside me, and I am accountable for my joy.
While I cannot change all the facts in my life, I control how I experience them.
Blessings and Giving Thanks
This week gives us a chance to appreciate people around us, that not only support us but also helps us become better persons. Life moves quickly, and time is the most valuable asset we have. We will never regret loving each other and doing our best, and the opposite is also true.
I believe nothing happens by chance. We are born in a family with people we need to learn from, to love and respect. Friends can teach us who we are, and perceive aspects of our personality; some of which we may not know existed.
Thanksgiving is about loving and sharing. It is an opportunity to see and talk with people we grew up with, give, and receive affection. It is a reminder of why we were born in the group we are in, which helped shaped us on who we are.
I love my family and often choose to spend time with a few friends who bring joy into my life, as well. They share smiles, give a helping hand, make me laugh, and show I am loved. It is time to say thank you to each one of them.
“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” – Melody Beattie
I plan to surprise people with a list of three things they made me feel better and loved. Pay it forward, telling them how important they are in my journey of self-awareness and personal growth. I want each one of them to feel loved and appreciated, knowing my life is better because of them.
If there are people you are grateful for, attending or not the Thanksgiving gathering, you have a chance to pick up the phone and reach out to them.
I will continue with my daily list of three things I am thankful for (ref. my previous blog, What Is Your Thank You List). This exercise has cheered me up this past week, and I decided to do it twice a day, before falling asleep and right after opening my eyes in the morning.
Gratitude has changed my vibration and connection with all the goodness around me. Knowing when and how to give is as important as being grateful when receiving.
This is a special day, enjoy it. Wishing you a wonderful thanksgiving!
“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” – William Arthur Ward