“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.” ~ Melodie Beattie
Here is a beautiful song called I Give Thanks by the talented Kathryn Mostow.
This week the majority of people in the USA will gather on Thursday for a holiday called Thanksgiving. The origins of the holiday may have a complicated historical past, yet the idea of families and friends gathering together to share in a day of Giving Thanks and expressing their Gratitude is inspiring.
I have been in some circles where we have gone around the dining table in order for each person to express his/her gratitude. I have also experienced meals where we each wrote down something for which we were thankful on a piece of paper and then they were all read at the table.
This last Friday night my family gathered with some other adult friends and we all dined together. We shared one thing we had learned this past year and at least one thing we are grateful for. Even my daughters shared what they were grateful for in their kindergarten class and brought home a drawing and the words written out for us to see.
Share with us here on the Red Boa what you will be Giving Thanks for this year.
“Embrace your ordinary life, whatever its wrapping, for in the embrace you will hear the whisper of Gratitude. Listen for her in the ordinary activities of your day, in the ordinary encounters with loved ones, and in the ordinary challenges that greet you each morning. She speaks from the depths of you, in the voice of your ordinary life.” —Patricia Lynn Reilly