"Happy Thanksgiving" - Maybe?
Holidays can be joyous, challenging, lonely, stressful, tiring, and exhilarating - or all of these at once. Since I’ve started to work in a healing profession I hear more and more of peoples’ stories of pain. So I’m aware that everyone is in a different place at the holidays.
Since I’m not sure where people are or what they will face on a holiday, I feel a bit of hesitation saying “Happy Thanksgiving” or “happy holidays”. I figure the receiver of that message might be alone on the holiday or suffering from loss or in a place where they can’t even begin to see the beauty around them. And I totally get that because I’ve been in all of those places.
My Thanksgiving wish to you is to be where you are today, take a breath, and just notice where your attention is and be ok with that for that particular moment. Whether you are excited, stressed, lonely, grieving, or filled with love and gratitude take a moment of gratitude for your next breath in, your next breath out. I’ve seen some loved ones - people and pets - take their last breaths in front of me and it’s intense. It’s really all we have - that present movement of breath until we don’t have it. And if you're in that season of pain or grief, I'm sending light and love in your direction.
I’m a firm believer that gratitude starts from within, so wherever you are today take time to be grateful for your next breath and for all the wonderful gifts that you have to share. I’m truly grateful for all of you who have shared your gifts with me and allowed me to share with you. The light in me honors the light in you with gratitude.
Want to learn more about my journey of gratitude and pain and their powerful connection?
Check out my recent blog post and let me know how you balance out gratitude and pain in your life.