I’m finding that gratitude unlocks a fullness in life. It turns what we have into enough.
I’ve heard 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.
Each year at Thanksgiving we make place cards and arrange them on the dining tables of our home. There is so much symbolism about gathering around a table with family, friends. Meals are pace setters (more on that in an upcoming post). One of the most intimate acts we can do with one another is share a meal. Be mindful of the moments to be savored.
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” -John F. Kennedy
Thanksgiving may be a holiday on the calendar in the US, but may allow it to be much more than a day we have to hang out with family that we see once a year. May we love and appreciate, even if for only a few moments the list of blessings and provisions each of us have in some capacity.
What are you thankful for? Express it to one another, someone, anyone. It will re-calibrate our perspective.
“The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.” -Friedrich Nietzsche