However we spend today, whether hanging with friends and family, cooking, eating, or simply enjoying a day off, I hope we all remember to pause for a minute and feel thankful for something. After all, expressing thanks is kinda the premise of the whole holiday.
And gratitude is so important!
There’s a lot of crummy stuff happening in the world (as there always is), but there is hope and beauty too… as there always is. In my humble and not-at-all original opinion, the best way to find happiness in life is to notice the good little things. Notice them and appreciate them. Life whirls by, but we can freeze-frame time if we pay attention to the little things that make our hearts feel lighter.
Here are some little things I appreciated in my past week:
1) Sitting around the breakfast table doing crossword puzzles with my parents and husband. I didn’t get to go home for Thanksgiving this year, but I live just a few hours’ drive from my folks. So, I get to see them every few weeks, and they were able to make the train trip up here last weekend. Group crossword solving is the best kind. :)
2) My husband agreed to do a daily sitting meditation with me. I’ve long known about the benefits of meditation, at least intellectually, but I’ve never been able to stick with the practice. Now that I have a partner, it seems more doable—and more special. We started at five minutes and are adding one minute a day. Little steps count!
3) My daughter’s smile as she received her Junior Probationary Black Belt in mixed martial arts on Saturday evening. I was so proud of her, up there on the stage, accepting that hard-earned belt from Grand Master Degerberg. She and her classmates had performed their individual demonstrations in front of the large audience, and she rocked. But, it was her little smile that got me. She was elated, proud of herself for achieving the goal she’d set four years before. That smile said it all.
Some other little things to be thankful for:
Quick – name a little thing you’re thankful for!
With hope & peace,
p.s. Last but not least, I am immensely thankful for YOU, dear reader. Thank you for your time, your attention, and your good mojo!
A nature-loving, mystery-reading, magic-seeking, daydreaming kinda gal, Jennifer is the author of the Wiccan Wheel Mysteries.