So, our national day of Thanksgiving is upon us again, the day to officially be grateful/thankful for all our blessings. I work as a sales professional part time in a pottery gallery and today everyone was in such a good mood. We were all smiling and saying Happy Thanksgiving and meaning it. I live in a mountain resort area and our town is known for its eclectic blend of artisan shops on Main Street so the clientele is fairly well off, we really do have a lot to be grateful for and most voice this sentiment. It’s easy to feel grateful when life is good. What about when things don’t go as planned?
My sister just went through foreclosure and lost all the savings she had but she is grateful her husband and two small children are healthy and that they found a place to rent they could afford and that her husband found a job and she is hopeful she’ll find a part-time position that allows her to care for her children. They really lost a lot of money losing that house. She could be bitter and angry but is not. She’s happy and optimistic that they’ll be able to save money again and buy another home in the future. It was very hard of course, but she chooses to be thankful for what she has instead of being angry about how much she has lost. She’s remarkable.
Several of my sisters have been through bankruptcy and foreclosure. We blame the corrupt banking system and the government for acting on behalf of the 1% and ignoring the 99% but see some hope for change with the Occupy Movement. I don’t want this to be political, it’s a testimony to Gratitude and how it can change lives. I am grateful for the movement that is waking up America to new possibilities. The 99% is a very grateful group because we know what is important. We Know that Love is the Answer, that greed, hatred and ignorance drive all of our man-made problems.
Wait, maybe there is another 1%, the ones who know about LOVE – I trust there is more, and the movement is rebuilding. The Spiritual Movement, the path of Compassion, Forgiveness, Gratitude, Peace, Hope, LOVE! This is sounding so idealistic; the real world is rife with problems. I am grateful that new energy is surfacing for a more balanced planet, one where every living being is honored and cherished. Could there really be harmony in the world? We have to start with ourselves. An attitude of gratitude changes our energy field to one of openness and acceptance while allowing for more abundance and wholeness in our lives.
I wake up each morning with an awareness of my gratitude. I feel grateful all day as I perform my ordinary tasks and drive without mishap to and from destinations. I bless the food we eat and thank the “Force” for all that we have, and all that is to come. I bless others less fortunate as there are way too many. I bless all my friends and family. Bless is such a lovely word to say, it makes one smile. It’s soft and satiny. May we all be grateful for our many blessings on Thanksgiving Day and every moment we are blessed to live on our amazing planet.