In my book, Thanksgiving is not just an excuse to overeat as you brush by the holiday on the way to black November and the madness that has become Christmas. We have many things to be grateful for.
It really is a time to reflect with a thankful heart on the people, our lives, and blessings that make up this amazing existence on planet earth. Gratitude is one of the strongest, most healing, humbling traits any individual can possess. It’s difficult to practice hate, discrimination, and anger when you’re a grateful person.
If you are truly appreciative; warmth, peace, and acceptance consume your soul. It’s a gift! And, one you should give yourself and those around you at least once during the year. While it’s true, some time periods in life seem unbearable with trials, or some circumstances are unfair and brutal, a grateful person will always find something of worth to focus on that in turn, inspires them.
I’m Grateful For…
First and foremost, I’m grateful for my family. My husband Jeff and five kids are the joy of my life. I’m not a perfect mother, and I’ve asked many times for their forgiveness, but oh how I love them.
I’m thankful for my extended family as well. My Mom, Dad, sister Karen, and brothers Russell and Dennis. I had a wonderful childhood with fond memories thanks to them. I cherish the people they have become.
I’m grateful for my faith and religion. I am LDS, and a Christian. It is the rock that my life is built on and I acknowledge that all my blessings come from a loving Father in Heaven and His son Jesus Christ.
I’m blessed with awesome, supportive friends in many places! In Utah, Idaho, Hawaii, and Arizona there are people who have impacted my life for good. This is one time I’m thankful for technology that allows me to keep in touch with them and watch as they progress through life.
I’m sooo thankful to be in Alaska! I love this place! I’ve been blessed to live in and travel to some amazing places, but none quite like this. I am in awe every day and so thankful I can get out, explore, photograph and experience a place this big and wild.
I think everyone searches until they find a place where they were meant to be planted. Only then are they finally able to put down roots. Maybe it’s not only the place in the world, but the place they are in life. That’s definitely me and I found my garden here in Alaska.
Which leads me to my gratitude for the gifts of forgiveness and acceptance. Forgive the people who have wronged you and accept in them what you can’t change. Working through my negative feelings and letting go has enabled me to experience gratitude on a much deeper level.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg. I hope you take some time to search your own souls and acknowledge what you are grateful for. Thanksgiving is family, warm feelings, food and reflection. Enjoy your day, and I’m grateful for your friendship and support.