“If the only prayer you ever say is thank you, it will suffice.” – Meister Eckhart
It’s here once again. My favorite holiday of the year. A day dedicated to giving thanks and appreciating all that is good and plenty and ours to experience.
It’s been an amazing year. As often as possible I’ve attempted to blog about it because for me, an experience isn’t assimilated until it’s articulated. Once I committed to learn, grow, and connect in a very public way, each risk I took opened the door to the next big thing. Often times opportunities overlapped, making life that much more interesting.
My writing life has been full of plot twists, unruly characters, unexpected drama, comic relief, tragedy, mistaken identities, and happily ever afters interrupted by reality scripts. Had I been given a choice of superpowers, I may have picked a talent that would more clearly catapult me to super stardom or super service. But for argument’s sake, I’m going to assume I did have a choice and my soul choose writing. Consequently I will wield my words accordingly.
It’s interesting that the thing others find extraordinary about us is often the thing we consider the most ordinary. We mistakenly believe if we can do something, so can everyone else. It’s almost preposterous to think people will pay us to do what we do naturally.
But it happens every day. Yesterday, for example, I consulted an expert in web design for speakers, writers, and coaches. In about twenty minutes I discovered I could take my business to a place I’ve not been able to get it to in twenty years. Yes, it will require a considerable investment of time, effort, focus, and vision as well as cash. But I am thrilled to know there are people out there who are extremely good at the things I am not. Aligning myself with them, frees me up to focus on what I do best while they do what they do best.
I also had a chance to catch up with friends who have believed in my dreams long before there was evidence they would come true. Talking with them was so nourishing because they have been there, listened to, and participated in every iteration of my evolution and still support the ongoing unfolding with unbridled enthusiasm.
So yes, I love it that there is a day devoted to giving thanks. Because in my world, despite a few failures and downright disasters, so much to be grateful for remains. Here are a few things on my gratitude list. I’m grateful for you, for a couple of days off work from a good job, for time to walk the dogs, connect with family and friends, eat good food, watch movies, stay home while other people shop, play cards or board games, spend time in nature, and write until my heart’s content.
What about you? What are you thankful for this year? Share if you dare in the comments below.
PS – I know the holidays can be rough for those of you who have suffered a loss or multiple losses or are struggling with financial, health, or relationship challenges. In these instances it may feel impossible to feel grateful. Yet I do believe the saying, “There is always something to be grateful for.” It may be hard to believe this when you’re feeling incredibly low, but I’ve found that identifying even the simplest thing to be grateful for helps the healing begin.