Even though some retail stores started displaying Christmas decorations on the heels of Labor Day, believe it or not, there is another holiday to celebrate this season. Yes, I am referring to the often overlooked holiday known in the United States as Thanksgiving. I love Thanksgiving for its focus on gratitude rather than material gifts, so, to honor Thanksgiving and all that we have to be grateful for every day, I hope that you will indulge me in the not-so-original practice of sharing three things each day over the course of the month for which I am grateful.
On a cold day here in Kentucky, one that found me mourning the loss of my friend’s twenty year old son, I was in a very reflective mood. Death, especially the death of someone so young, has a way of shaking one to the core, and it puts life and all of its nuances into perspective. It is a cruel reminder that life is precious and fleeting, and it begs us to live life fully and to appreciate all that makes our lives worth living.
So, as my heart goes out to my sweet friend, Dina and her family, I also find it bursting with gratitude for all of the things big and small that made this day special for no other reason than I was alive to experience it. So here are three of the many things I am grateful for today:
- Solitude. As social as I am, sometimes, I crave time alone, and today, I got it and cherished it. There is something very reassuring and therapeutic about being alone in my own home, and I am glad that this form of therapy was available to me at a time when I most needed it.
- My eclectic group of friends whose timing is spot on. Whenever I was in need of a laugh or kind word to provide respite from being alone with my thoughts, I received a call or a text from people who make my life a bit richer and fuller by their very presence. I may have been alone today, but they kept me from feeling lonely.
- My big heart. At times, when it has been bruised or broken, I have cursed it, but today, I was reminded that this big heart of mine is one of my greatest assets. For it allows me to love others and myself unconditionally and fiercely, and it motivates and inspires me to live life out loud. I may get hurt following my heart, but I would risk being hurt than hurting myself or someone else by not taking a risk.
And so begins a month of gratitude sharing here, and if you are so inclined, please, feel free to share your own gratitude list. Gratitude is the foundation of kindness, so, make sure that your foundation is strong and solid, and spread some kindness this month and beyond.
Just one thing each day . . .