Thankful oUt LoUd

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, a day of celebration, a nice sentiment and I have so many things that I am thankful for; things that I try to be conscious of each day. I love reading “Month of Gratitude” posts on social media each November. I wish they would share every day and not just during November. We all have a deep well in which we can dip to find people,  things and happenings that we are grateful for having in our lives, whether we know it or not.

Whether we know it or not.

Most people don’t even think about the simplest of things they can be grateful for; that they woke and they are alive. It’s easy to take for granted that we are breathing or that we can walk and talk among other physical things we don’t think much about. In this country we don’t often think about the fact that we have clean water, most have enough food and we have freedom to move about, choose our work and home. There are so many things to be thankful for every day, whether we know it or not. Sometimes we can be thankful for pain in our lives, most times in retrospect, simply because pain pushes us forward to make necessary changes for which we will most likely be thankful.

My heart tells me if we each made a conscious effort to remember all that we have, all that has gone before and all that could be, we can build a practice of simple gratitude.

I’m fully convinced that the simple act of being thankful opens the soft spot in our hearts and creates the space we need to harvest goodness for ourselves and for others. Gratitude begets joy!

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