Gratitude – It’s not just for Thanksgiving Day

I love Thanksgiving Day. There’s something wonderful about getting up at 5:00am in the quiet of the morning to wash and prepare the bird. It brings me great joy to offer this work of my hands with love for those who will eat it later in the day. In just a couple of hours the house will be a-bustle with husband and kids up and the rest of the cooking frenzy will begin.

But for now, it is quiet.

I hear the heating elements in the oven click on and off and the coffee maker percolating. These sounds soothe me in a special way that ushers in the holiday season for me with gentleness and a few quiet moments to pause and be grateful. Grateful for all the lesson of this year – which are many. Some of them learned through laughter and others through tears. Each one immeasurable valuable and precious.

This year has taught me much regarding myself. I have learned how to feel like I belong here on this planet (thank you Brian). I have learned that indeed I DO have something to offer humanity (thank you Kristy). I have learned that I can decide something for myself and that I really am the only person who knows for sure what’s best for me (thank you Peggy). I have learned how to better express my thoughts and emotions (thank you Amanda). I have learned how to facilitate my own personal growth (thank you Ted). I have learned how to ask for help (thank you Joey). I have learned that I am radiant (thank you Suzanne). I have learned there is nothing wrong with me and I am not broken (thank you Panache Desai). I have learned how to speak my truth (thank you to a whole host of people who have helped me with this one!). I have even learned how to cry (thank you self). Which has, in turn, taught me how to laugh (thank you to all those in my life who bring me things to laugh about).

And for each and every one of these things I have learned, I am deeply grateful. The kind of grateful that brings beautiful tears to my eyes. It is my hope that in learning all these lessons, I have more to offer to you, my friends, my family, my readers.

What lessons have you learned this year? For what are you grateful beyond measure? Take a moment to reflect and express gratitude for these things, and if you are so inclined, I would love for you to share them here. So we can all be grateful with you.