“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.”-Melody Beattie
Thanksgiving is a great excuse to look around at our lives and appreciate all that we have been blessed with. It is a reminder to stop and smell the roses and find pleasure in the simple things that life has to offer us. In today’s world, a day dedicated to spending time with those we love in an environment of gratefulness and great food is essential to refilling the fruits of our soul.
I encourage you all to consider today what you may have missed yesterday. Do you often forget to be grateful for the breath in your body and the food that nourishes it? How often have you taken for granted the people in your life that have always been there for you, even when you weren’t there for yourself? Have you ever considered what life might be like for someone who has a lot less than you? Are you thankful for having all that you need, or do you wish it away always wanting more? Can you find satisfaction in all that you are and all that you have today?
If you have found the answer to some of these questions as anything less that gracious, try and slow down and appreciate life from a higher perspective. If it is happiness that you are seeking, I assure you that it will almost always be found by first appreciating the things in your life that you often take for granted. Happy people know that when they don’t have what they want, they need to want what they have. When you find yourself feeling ungrateful, and we all find ourselves that way some days, shift your attention to all of the things that you do appreciate about yourself and your life. Because life is a beautiful thing, and there is always something or someone to be thankful for. Give thanks.