I’m having a really emotional morning, and lucky for me (and you) it’s mostly happy emotions. I’m thinking about Thanksgiving, I’m thinking about all I have in my life to be grateful for, and I’m also thinking about people who maybe don’t have so much in life to be thankful about right now.
I try to practice gratitude daily. I try to take a moment every day to think about the good things in my life, no matter how big or small they may appear to anyone, even myself. I think about how at 33 years, I’ve finally found someone who loves me 110%. I think about my family, and how much I truly adore spending time with them, and how lucky I am to know how that feels. (So many people may love their families, but don’t necessarily “like” them, and thereby don’t get to experience the joy of spending time with them.)
In times where I find myself longing for things I’m feeling are lacking in my life, such as children or financial stability or a nice home, I work really hard to think about how much mutual love and adoration there is between my friends’ kids and me. I remind myself of my fabulous clients who support me and my work by calling on me time and again to do more. I take time out to try to make the home I have as comforting and clean as possible.
Sometimes it works. Sometimes, not so much.
But this time of year, it’s all I have to get me through.
Tis the season for frantic, hectic, time -crunching panic. Tis the season to begin stressing out about gifts, holiday meals, where you’re going to spend your time, how much (or little) money you have to spend on people to show them how much you care. Tis the season for cold, wet weather and crowded parking lots and grumpy people.
Tis the season for getting your head and heart working in tandem, showing forgiveness to those who didn’t mean to upset, annoy, or hurt you. Tis the season for making extra sure you’re showing the love in your heart to everyone you meet.
I’m thankful for so many things, far too many to seriously make a list. The things I listed above are those on my mind today, right this moment.I value making moments like these, each and every single day.
How do you practice thankfulness?