In honor of Thanksgiving, I wondered how to amp up my gratitude practice.
I wanted it to be outstanding today, for a holiday that’s centered around giving thanks.
My mind took me to all the things I haven’t been grateful for because I just take them for granted. Like being grateful that:
– I’ve never had to quit smoking
– I’ve never regretted my divorce
– I’ve experienced what it feels like to be in the minority
– I get to choose whether to be married or not; a parent or not
– I have blue eyes
– I’ve never had a boyfriend’s parole officer stop by on a holiday
And then my mind took me to the things I used to be grateful for, but have taken for granted the last few years. Like:
– that I get to choose when I wake up
– that I choose my own dress code
– that I decide how and if I want to answer my phone
– that I don’t have to commute in traffic
– that I get to spend my day with my dogs
– that I’m debt-free with financial cushions in place
– that someone right now is reading this (thank you!)
And then I thought of things I used to be grateful for when life was different that I probably didn’t properly acknowledge back then. Like:
– having co-workers to swap stories with each day
– having an abundance of restaurants within walking distance to choose from
– being able to run errands on the way home from work
– having extensive professional relationships with other colleagues in town (I miss those guys)
I see things Russ experiences that he might not be as grateful for because he takes them for granted. Like:
– having kids he can visit any time he cares to pick up the phone
– having employer sponsored health insurance
– living in a city that offers a variety of entertainment and life enjoyment
– that cats are drawn to him
I wondered if my dogs and cats were grateful for things different than I was. It seems to me they’re most grateful for:
– a warm spot to sleep
– a friend to sleep with
– and rolling on their back. Especially in the sun or in front of the heater.
Then I wondered whether I could find gratitude within for the things I wouldn’t normally be grateful for. Like
– that I can’t figure out how to do bullets on this post
– that I won’t get to see my nieces and nephews this year
– that I don’t have any client sessions today (I did last year, with my UK folks!)
– that my front lawn is hammered from having two young dogs on it
That’s where my stretch is. Finding a way to be grateful for ALL of it, not just the nice and easy parts. The good news is I’ve got all day to get there. Well, all my lifetime, actually.
Whether you’re celebrating Thanksgiving or not, my wish for you is that you find your way more easily to Gratitude than ever before. Namaste.