The day of “official” thankfulness is here…to celebrate and give thanks for the blessings in our lives: all the little things and the big things…an opportunity to re-discover how so many of the little things are actually really big…the ones that count the most.
I didn’t prepare a post for today, but it looks like I’m writing one anyway. Because this morning, once again, I woke up with the words of Gandhi…”Be the change you wish to see…”… and today these words seemed particularly important.
They reminded me of all the pain, fear, and struggle I’ve come across this past year in my own life…in the lives of clients and friends. And so I’m thinking since this day offers an opportunity to take a step back and look at the greater picture, we should make it a day when we look beyond all the limitations that haunt us;
a day when we stop judging and counting who gave what and how much, who deserves and who doesn’t, who failed and who succeeded and in what measure;
a day when we dig under the piles of worries and expectations and misleading conclusions for the genuine treasures still in our lives, those tiny nuggets that are also flawed and may not always glitter, yet are worth more than all else put together.
Yes, we must be, in whatever ways available to us, the change we wish to see.
If we don’t want pain, then we should not hurt another.
If we don’t want confusion, then we should not create it.
If we don’t want to be alone and overwhelmed, then we should reach out simply, without shame or fear, for the light and love waiting on our doorstep.
If we don’t want anger and resentment, we should not look to be right, but be glad for imperfections.
If we feel guilty for something, then we should forgive the shortcomings of another.
And if there is one lesson that comes up again and again, in my life and in the lives of others, it’s that we should never, ever…ever… not do what we can just because we can’t do everything we wish we could, or feel we must. Because it’s by forgetting this simple truth that work eventually gets done, bills eventually get paid…yet hearts are broken and lives become empty.
Few things in life are worth the drama we invest them with. If we can manage to avoid getting entrenched in lofty expectations, and just take small steps each day, we will not become so lost and so tired. We will also have time to appreciate what we have, and use our gifts creatively, instead of letting them wither. So that next time the Thanksgiving holiday comes, it will be like any other day, only one where we get to have more food and hopefully more loved ones near us.
Ok, time to go finish up dinner and enjoy more food than my kitchen has seen in quite a while.
I want to thank each and every one of you for reading, for subscribing, for the gift of your company. It means so much, and I am so very grateful.
I wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving, with love and light, and leave you with what else but a beautiful Irish blessing and a smile:
“May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back
May the sun shine warm upon your face.
And rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.”