As I write this, it’s Thanksgiving morning of 2010. Mary’s upstairs cooking and I’ve stolen away to my office put down my thoughts. It’s been more than a month since I’ve written an article for Conscious Bridge. Changes in my life have kept me busy and away from writing.
Thanksgiving has become one of my favorite holidays. Why? I’ve always enjoyed the food, family and football aspects of the day. Today will be no different. I’m looking forward to eating a lot of wonderful food and seeing almost all of my family. I love all of them dearly and don’t seem to see them as much as I’d like. I suspect football will be on the TV sometime today too.
Yet Thanksgiving has become more to me. It’s a day that we stop and consciously give thanks for the blessings in our lives. I’ve tried to make everyday Thanksgiving because I have so much to be thankful for.
Over the last month I’ve been blessed with the outpouring of love from the people I served at New Dawn Center for Spiritual Living as I ended my three year part time tenure there. I joyously spent several days with my daughter, Julie, on a road trip from Denver to San Diego and saw her new home. I was accompanied by my daughter, Melanie , her husband, Ari, and my granddaughter, Amelie , as we visited my father in Alabama for several days. I came out of my chosen semi retirement for the past two years to take on a full-time role with the international headquarters for the United Centers for Spiritual Living. The opportunity to serve the planet in this position was one more blessing on a plate overflowing with blessings. I’m a month in and loving it.
A few days ago I was asked to fill in as guest speaker for local spiritual center this upcoming Sunday. Their theme for the month is “blessings”. How fitting. I don’t yet know what I’m going to say but I know it will include some of this:
- How blessed my life is.
- How blessed we all are if we just stop and notice.
- How what we give our attention to grows in our lives.
- How easy it is to focus upon the aspects of our life that are less than what we want.
- How by turning away from what we don’t want and towards what we do want, we grow more of what we want.
- How acknowledging the blessings in our lives grows more of the blessings.
- How every day is truly Thanksgiving.
I have so much to be thankful for – not only all of the changes I mentioned a moment ago, but all of the ongoing stuff in my life so wonderful – Mary, Harmony (my dog), my family, my house, my cars, my books, all my “stuff”, my consciousness, my health, the very breath I breathe, every moment of every day.
So as you look around you this day and every day, what do you see? Sure, we notice things we’d like to change. Turn from those things today and everyday and count your blessings. Envision the life are called here to live and give thanks (as well as your personal attention and energy) to everything that shows up in support of that vision. It’s all around you if you only look. You are truly blessed.
Happy Thanksgiving – happy everyday!
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