Gratitude & Thanks Giving
“Thanks” and “Giving” are two words that can turn around any bad situation. Case in point: Today is that annual event in the USA, where families gather and feathers are ruffled and lines are too often drawn.
But wait! Even that stodgy old Almira Gulch had some redeeming characteristics: She could ride a bike even in a tornado.
(Who can do that??)
And when Miss Gulch transformed into the Wicked Witch, she had a great sense of style. I mean seriously, just as most women have experienced the gnawing coveting of Manolo Blahnik, Jimmy Choo, or the super-coveted Christian Louboutin, Almira Gulch too, ”just had to have” those shoes….
Thanks & Giving
Finding a blessing in even the most nefarious events is not often easy, but I promise you this: There is a gift in every situation, even if it takes decades to unearth. Trust me. The gold is there; it just needs to be mined.
So at the family gathering, when your brother strokes your fur in the wrong direction, or your over-bearing auntie enters the room with the finesse of a category four tornado, or your partner shows his/her inglorious true self, or half the family drinks too much and when the police show up, it’s not for dinner… breathe deeply and see all there is to be thankful for. Even as the snoring, farting, and cursing are infiltrating your otherwise tranquil environment (Or is that just my family?) take a moment to seek the blessings in that mire.
Or conversely, if you are alone, and perhaps a little wishful for the familial chaos, congratulations for taking a moment to reflect and affirm precisely what you desire. What’s the feeling? (Life’s all about the emotional attachment to any situation. What’s the attachment really to?)
Whether alone or not, as mirrors, these occasions are the perfect venue to re-affirm your committment to gestalt balance and wellbeing. Regardless of your current situation, take a moment to express gratitude to yourself for the strides you’ve made. Yes, there’s nothing quite so empowering as an opportunity to see yourself through others’ reflections. Look at you shine in comparison! Well done Matey!
You mean the world to someone (me), warts and all.