Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Such ocassion may not be very popular in our country but Im excited about it and would in my own little way try to celebrate. I wish everyone more blessings and more reasons to be grateful for. In the meantime, Im leaving you with a little something from Oprah:
Less for self
More for others
Enough for all…
By oprah winfrey
I live in the space of thankfulness- and I have been rewarded a million times over for it. I started out giving thanks for small things, and the more thankful I become, the more my bounty increased.
That’s because what you focus on expands, and when you focus on the goodness in your life, you create more of it. Opportunities, relationships, even money flowed my way when I learned to be grateful no matter what happened in my life.
“say thank you” those words from my friend and mentor maya angelou turned my life around. One day about ten years ago, I was sitting in my bathroom with the door closed and the toilet lid down, booing and shooing on the phone so uncontrollably that I was incoherent. :stop it! Stop it right now! And say thank you!” maya chided. To this day, I can’t remember what it was that had me so far gone, which only proves the point maya was trying to make. “ I do understand”, she told me “ I want to hear you say it now. Out loud. “thank you”
but what am I saying thank you for?
You are saying thank you , maya said, because your faith is so strong that you don’t doubt that whatever the problem, you’ll get through it. You’re saying thank you because you know that even in the eye of the storm, God has put a rainbow in the clouds. You’re saying thank you because you know there’s no problem created that can compare to the Creator of all things. Sat thank you!
So I did- and still do. Only now I do it everyday.
I kept a gratitude journal, as sarah ban breathnach in Simple Abundance, listing at least five things that im grateful for. My list includes small pleasures: the feel of Kentucky bluegrass under my feet; a walk in the woods with all nine of my dogs and my cocker spaniel sophie trying to keep up; cooking fried green tomatoes with Steadman and eating them while hot; reading a good book and knowing another awaits.
And when I feel that life is hard, all I have to do is read my gratitude journal. It truly helps!
My thank you list also includes things too important to take for granted, a chance to share my vision for a better life, staying centered, having financial security… I won’t kid you, having money for all the things I want is a blessing. But as I look back over my journals, 99 % of what brought me real joy had nothing to do with money. ( it had a lot to do with food, however).
It’s not easy being grateful all the time. But it’s when you feel least thankful that you are most in need of what gratitude can give you: PERSPECTIVE. Just knowing you have that daily list to complete allows you to look at your day differently, with an awareness of every sweet gesture and kind thought passed your way. When you learn to say thank you, you see the world anew. And as Meister Eckhart so eloquently started:
“if the only prayer you ever say in your whole life is “thank you”, that would suffice…”