Gratitude & Thanksgiving
It is the ongoing theme when Thanksgiving arrives. A holiday that is met with family and friends traveling from near and far to share a traditional feast, musings and laughs, fusing families and cultures, reliving fond memories and creating new ones. At the intimate moment preceding the highly anticipated meal is the reassurance and request that we share our thanks and silence the noise. It’s one of the things that has especially stood out to me from childhood to adulthood.
As I have grown older, I have learned that gratitude is quite integral to my well-being. And at the very core of gratitude, I have realized that it involves being intentional on how I view life and the host of experiences that come with it. It is in how I choose to love others and extend my kindness. It is in the choice of my words and the worthy and sometimes-overlooked components of life I decide to amplify, daily. It is knowing that I have more than enough and am enough.
And so as many will do today in celebrating Thanksgiving and gratitude, be intentional in your time, your love, your words, and your commitment to family and friends but more importantly to yourself. Holidays are what we make of them and traditions shift with time. Know that you can create new traditions and memories that magnify your gratitude, love, kindness, and happiness. And isn't that something to be thankful for!