Of course, since today is Thanksgiving I wanted to write about the importance of gratitude - you may have read 30,000 blogs about this already this month but just hear me out...
My mom used to convince me to eat all the food on my plate by saying “there are starving children in Africa!”
(I literally can’t even write that without hearing her voice!)
While that descriptor may be a little intense, the imagery and message that comes with it is appropriate. We often take for granted what we have in life, and only recognize our good fortune when we see someone else with less.
Perspective often fuels gratitude.
I don’t think there is anything wrong with that. (As long as you’re respecting everyone’s realities and not passing judgement…) But I don’t think that perspective should be the only source of gratitude in our lives.
I challenge you to continue to keep sight of the good in your life every day. Try moving from reactive gratitude to proactive gratitude. Not a single moment of our lives or the lives of others should be taken for granted. Every second is a new chance to do, to be, to change, to grow, to love.
I am the first to admit that when it feels like you have nothing, and the world is crashing down - gratitude is the first to go. But no matter what, I promise there is a little bit of something good in your life that you can seek out and hold onto.
Finding gratitude for the good in your life, big or small, can change the way you experience everything. A grateful heart is the foundation for happiness and abundance. When you practice proactive gratitude, the colors seem brighter, you can find beauty in every experience and your whole world feels lighter. Doesn’t that sound so much better than sometimes remembering that you’re grateful for something or someone? What if you didn’t have to rack your brain at the thanksgiving table to come up with something when playing they “let’s go around and say what we’re thankful for…” game.
Whether you are stuffed full and your family is all around you, or you find yourself in a far away place missing your loved ones, or maybe for some reason you’re just not able to celebrate in the way you deserve to - I hope you are able to find something to be grateful for today and every day. Gratitude opens and fills your heart like nothing else can.
I hope you know that you’re loved, and that I am grateful for you.
Thanks for reading! Now go eat lots of food and take a nap!
Happy Thanksgiving, friends. - Christina