Gratitude at Thanksgiving


“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.  It turns what we have into enough, and more it turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.  It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.  Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.” – Melody Beattie

This quote by Melody Beattie reminds us to express gratitude around the holiday season.   A lot of time is spent thinking about the many wonderful foods that will be consumed, the laughs with family and friends and how can you forget the pumpkin pie!  Do you also spend time thinking about gratitude?

Take some time to reflect on why you are grateful this holiday season.  These reflections can be empowering and uplifting.  So often we become focused on what we do not have or what we wish we could have.  Gratitude allows you to embrace ‘what is.’  Instead of focusing on empty wishes you can fill your thoughts with the reality of what is true.  You will find fulfillment in this.  Your family may be scattered around the country this year, but you can be grateful that each person has a table to sit at, a meal to satisfy their hunger, and company to fill their soul.

Every holiday experience creates a new memory to add to the ‘bank.’  Create a new memory this year with reflection, either privately or with your family members. Write down what you learn and what insights you gain, then you can add to it year after year.

Enjoy your holiday this weekend and remember gratitude!