I find it ironic that a term so positive and selfless as "Thanksgiving" is now synonymous with "gluttony." Many people associate the term with stuffing themselves silly instead of giving gratitude. I mean, sure, you can post what you're thankful for on Facebook, but do you really give those people, experiences and items that deep respect they've earned by serving you? Do you truly realize all of the elements happening in this world to keep you alive, and happy? Do you make a cognitive pact to acknowledge that, and pay it forward?
No one's gratitude should make them feel indebted. After all, that defeats the purpose of the act of giving, which is to enrich someone's life. Not burden it! I used to get very apologetic whenever someone served me, and feel like I immediately needed to pay them back, or give a gift-giver a gift in return, right away. But I'm learning that it makes people (and items!) truly happy to live their full purpose, which includes service and gifts to their loved ones. I don't have to be a slave to gratitude!
So what is gratitude? How do you express it? The answer is completely unique to you. What you feel enriches your life...things outside of your control...only you know, and only you know how to truly thank them. As I write this, I keep looking at this dresser in our bedroom that holds Chris' stuff, and I feel gratitude for it, which is me acknowledging how life could be a little more difficult without it, and feeling love for it. I feel the love back, and I know it accepts my gratitude. I feel that way for my egg in the morning, my husband, the weather, my coffee, my car...it's a daily feeling of love and cooperation. I acknowledge that everything that's a part of my life is working together in one synergistic drum circle, and that makes me smile. Makes me happy. Grateful.
Even gratitude is a part of that circle, the tune that creates the opus of your day. Without giving it for the parts of your life that truly matter, those parts will start to fade away unnoticed, and start to shine with love for you a little less.
So what are you grateful for NOW? I'll post my list tomorrow, and look forward to reading yours!!