This week, it's all about giving thanks. I mean, literally, we put those two words "thanks" and "giving" together to create the name of the holiday on Thursday, one full of feasting on yummy food, being with family, and (hopefully) hitting the "pause" button on our lives to remember those bits of our life for which we are the most thankful.
Isn't it odd we need a holiday to make us stop and be thankful? Little nugget of trivia for you: Thanksgiving that was declared a holiday by Abraham Lincoln. He was urged to do so by a woman named Sarah Josepha Hale (who just so happened to have penned the nursery rhyme "Mary had a Little Lamb").
I'm trying to be more thankful as the year goes along...and it's working. Kind of. I get on a good roll where I'm conscious of how many blessings I have, but then, when the stressors hit, when the schedule gets to that tipping point in between "Hectic" and "Frantic," I lose perspective. I lose the focus on those grand elements that make my life, well, worth it all...and it takes something in the news, something jarring, something to jolt me back into having that right perspective.
In so many magazines and blogs, I've read about ways to keep on that mindfulness track, from keeping a gratitude journal to repeating mantras...and I may try that. For now, I just take a look at Kiddo playing with her stuffed kitties, I pause and look up as I'm walking around this amazing city I live in, I talk to family that live far away, I read a few chapters in a great book...and all of these things -- all of which I am thankful for -- pull me back into a good groove.
How do you remember to be thankful? Do you keep a gratitude journal?