We have so much to be thankful for, old experiences and new surround our lives and we don’t take a moment to take it in. Sometimes the heart that beats the loudest is inside the person that is the most quiet in the room. We are observing the abundance of laughter, hugs, challenges and joys that we have and it is almost unbelievable that we are so fortunate to have it.
I don’t know if you can tell but Thanksgiving is a big deal for me, the cooking and the nostalgia bring up traditions that we have kept for such a long time. Refusing to share my apple pie recipe and inviting over those that are far from their families has become part of holiday. For me, this day is about being thankful and about being giving, something that has to go further and further into our daily practice. Not that we need a reminder of the insanity that surrounds us, on a very personal level there is a sense of developing good karma on a micro level – hoping that you will impact and/or influence others to be giving and thankful as well.
We all have countless struggles during this time of year, traveling, expenses, seeing people you don’t want to see, social anxiety – just to name a few. Why not take the spotlight away from all that and seek out ways to positively get through the holidays? Volunteering at a local nursing home or hospital, why not prepare a few meals and give it to the homeless? Soup kitchens can always use an extra hand and there is always a neighbor that could use a knock on the door. Giving is one of those things that leaves your hands empty but your heart overflowing. I can’t really describe it, I can only encourage you to participate.
I am busy with preparations for the holiday and work has me buried, but I had to take a moment to thank you for reading the blog! Those of you that check in with me have become encouragement for me to continue writing and those that don’t comment are encouraged to join the conversation. All of you who follow the blog are appreciated and I wanted to make sure you knew that! Big Hug!