Our picture-window picture on Thanksgiving morning was stunning. The water was as smooth as glass, reflecting a ghostly fog. It made me start to think of the many, many things I have to be grateful for, but if I included just part of the list here it would be a very lengthy post. What I decided to do instead is talk about the reasons for being grateful.To quote Deepak Chopra, “Taking stock of your life’s many gifts and expressing gratitude will clear the way for even greater abundance to flow into your life.” I know this is true, because I’ve been practicing it. I realize it’s not a new concept. My Mom always referred to it as “counting our blessings”. But I have only recently truly embraced it.
On January 29th of this year, I began a daily exercise in expressing gratitude. I identify at least one thing, sometimes several, for which I am thankful. Since I started doing this, my life has changed in dramatic fashion, some parts of which are illustrated by this blog. There are other, more subtle changes as well, such as my mental attitude, the level of my happiness, and my overall contentment. I think everyone can benefit from this practice, along with a daily meditation.
It makes sense that concentrating on things we are grateful for leaves less room for negativity. When we realize that every situation has a seed of goodness, and everything we experience is a gift, negative thoughts are replaced by inner peace, and the simplest things bring joy.
We had a Thanksgiving Day this year which was very different from the traditional family get-together. My favorite thing to make for dinner has always been reservations, but this year we made Thanksgiving dinner reservations with some new-found friends from our little neighborhood at Green River Lake State Park, Campbellsville, KY. Wayne and I were very thankful to be part of a small but diverse group of people with a common interest in the simple, minimalist lifestyle of the work-camping RVer. We went to a local family restaurant, which provided a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings. A good time was had by all, we came away satisfied, and we didn’t even have to wash dishes!
Bill, Mitchie and Rhonda
Carla, Karen & Al
Phil, MaryBeth, Laura, Carla, Karen
(Photo by Michelle Sullivan)
I will stay committed to feeling gratitude and tapping into the inner joy that comes from focusing on the abundance in my life. Every day is thanks-giving day.