Gratitude, when expressed in writing and speaking, is powerful in ‘calling in’ more of the same. When I express gratitude for my blessings I can feel the power of that expression in my body. It is a joyful feeling.
I would call today the day of the Great Feast of Thanksgiving that is traditional to the United States. Other cultures also have thanksgiving celebrations and feasts. In the U. S., however, I believe that we have been taught to believe that in order to know abundance we must have everything we desire. And on our feast day we become gluttons.
Years ago I saw a photo of a painting in which a poor man and his small daughter were preparing their dinner for the Thanksgiving feast day. The meal consisted of a few potatoes and vegetables. Although our country as well as others have been experiencing ‘less’ than we’d like or what we received or had a few years ago, we probably all have ‘enough’. Enough for today.
I know that there are families who are poor and who struggle for their survival. At the holidays during November and December we are often reminded of this, and many open their pocket books and their pantries to share.
Overall, however, the citizens of the United States have much to be thankful for, regardless of their ‘less than’ and ‘lacking’ attitude. How much is enough anyway?
I have been separated from my family traditions for many years now, partly because of circumstances and partly because I have made choices that mean I live away from my loved ones. I have made decisions about what I need to live a comfortable life. Each year at this time I find new people to gather with and share a meal with, and to be thankful for.
I am grateful, and most of all, I am grateful that I am alive to experience all the good stuff – those small things that bring me such joy, one day at a time.