As I get older, I value the Thanksgiving holiday more and more. It used to herald the start of the Christmas season–shopping, baking treats, wrapping presents and decorating. Now, I find myself longing for more than 24-hours to be still, quiet and thankful for all the blessings in my life. It is such a peaceful day to be with the ones I love, especially my beautiful children. I’m not saying it’s not a busy day, but it is a time for reflection on what really matters. The joy, the love and the gratitude we hold in our hearts.
I am learning that gratitude is the most transformative feeling there is. Finding something to be grateful for, even in the most dire circumstances, holds the power to transform the moment from negative to positive. Life can be ugly at times. People can be ugly at times. But, we are not helpless victims if we can choose to be happy. Counting your blessings is the easiest way to see the best in every circumstance.
Holding the feeling of gratitude in your heart has the power to transform reality. So, let’s make it last more than one day. Let’s agree to focus on all the blessings, the abundance of good in our lives a little bit every day. A gratitude journal is a great way to start. Taking the time out of your day to be kind and appreciate the people who love you is even better. Praying, meditating or just saying thanks to the universe for all the blessings is so powerful. And, give yourself some love while you’re at it. You deserve it!