Thanksgiving Thoughts as We Age
As I was trying to think of something inspirational to write for the rapidly approaching Holiday season, I was struck by something that is happening much too frequently.
That is: an email or a phone call from a friend telling of another friend, or acquaintance, who is sick or dying. So, all of a sudden the idea that we need to be grateful for our health and abundance during this season of Thanksgiving does not seem so mundane.
If you are retired, chances are you are middle-aged (whatever that is) or older. It is a time to reflect on what we have and appreciate each day. There are numerous ways to do that.
In her book, Simple Abundance, Sarah Ban Breathnach encourages readers to start what she calls a Gratitude Journal. She assures readers that they simply will not be the same person in two months if they consciously give thanks for the abundance that exists in our lives. Her theory is that the ancient spiritual law (the more you have and are grateful for, the more will be given to you) is set in motion by writing down five things that you are grateful for at the end of each day.
Another approach was recently discussed by Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of Eat, Pray, Love, on the Oprah Winfrey Show. She suggests starting each day by focusing on what it is you really really really want. She emphasized the …really really really, stating it must be something to get you focused in life.
And at the end of the day, she suggests reflecting on what made you happy that day. And she said to listen to the voice inside your head because that is your mantra to make things happen.
So, as we enter the season of Thanksgiving, it seems it can be, not only a time of reflection to be grateful for what we have but also a time to get focused on what we want and to enjoy every precious day we have.