Most of us–me for sure–do not reflect enough and appreciate how good we have it.
The book Thanks!: How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier by Robert Emmons discusses how the science of practicing gratitude helps us in countless ways. We become happier, we sleep better, we have stronger immune systems, and we feel more alive. I believe it, but I still don’t practice it hardly enough.
Life is hard. We’ve been there this year. I love the quote by M. Scott Peck:
Life is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it. Once we truly know that life is difficult – once we truly understand and accept it – then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters.
With Thanksgiving this week I thought it was a good time to remind myself, and everyone, to recognize that life is hard, practice gratitude and gives thanks. Originally celebrated by the Pilgrims in 1621 to give thanks and celebrate a successful growing season and bountiful harvest, we all need to take time to contemplate our life situations and be grateful for what we have. Spend some time and answer positive questions like “Why am I so lucky?” And look around to see how very lucky you really are.
This week is a perfect time to take four days off to be thankful for what we’ve accomplished, what we have, our health, and to celebrate the year’s bountiful harvest. It’s time to recognize our many hours of hard work and focus and appreciate our friends and families.
So put down your iPhone. Spend time eating too much and enjoying your family and friends this long weekend.
So to all: I wish you well this Thanksgiving. We certainly have a lot to be thankful for.
May the good things in life be yours in abundance not only at Thanksgiving, but throughout the coming year.
I hope to talk with you soon,
Featured image: Jennie Augusta Brownscombe [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons