So there’s this recent trend on Face Book that I’m really enjoying. No, it’s not Bejeweled Blitz addiction, although I am a HUGE fan of that. The first week of November I started seeing status updates that indicated that people were going to state something they were thankful for, for the entire month. It was something that sounded like a good idea the first time I read it. Then I started reading the status updates as the days wore on. It does good things for the soul to read how very grateful people are. It gave me pause. I too am grateful for a great number of things, but seeing it in writing is very powerful. It’s putting it out there in the universe. It’s akin to yelling upon a mountain top to acknowledge all that is fabulous in your world. Try this little FB trend. If you are not on Face Book, then you and the one other person can do something else. Joke only. Taking the time to reflect on all our blessings is time worth spending. Writing it down on FB, on paper, on a napkin, on the mirror, on anything takes more time that is worth spending. It’s very easy to walk through life dwelling on all that could have been, would have been, and should have been. Self pity, regret, envy and complaining that world isn’t fair make for a long walk. That’s also a quick walk to a miserable life. There is a mind- body – spirit connection that is undeniable. Feed that mind and spirit with positive thoughts and your body will thank you for it and serve you well. Make an effort to be thankful everyday and shout from the mountain tops all that you makes you grateful. You’ll realize that list is long and peppered with things that you might have forgotten to notice in a very long time.
I’m shouting my abridged list – I am grateful for my family, friends, health, home, my parents living nearby, the possibility of a lung transplant for my father-in-law, my supportive husband, coffee, food on the table, colorful fall leaves, smell of fresh cut grass, the sound of children’s laughter, the smell of babies, living in a free country, hot shower, good books, mindless books, my kids that make me laugh and cry, all things that have happened in my life so far that have gotten me to this point so blessed I can hardly believe it. This list is far from complete and gets added to everyday.
Do yourself a favor and shout your list. You’ll be surprised that you’ll run out of ink before you run out of things to be thankful for.
I am thankful for all of you that take the time to read this blog. It feeds my soul to share with you and to hear from you. During this season of thanks, let’s start a trend of being thankful always. Sure, winter will come (really fast), followed by spring, and eventually summer will come. The season of thankfulness should have no weather pattern attached to it. Enjoy your never-ending season of thankfulness.
Thank you all!
Until next time…Live Well! – Toni Kuhel