We call today Thanksgiving! Amidst the noise of Black Friday sales, “Thanks-Getting,” and holiday jingles, what many of us are feeling and trying to celebrate today is genuine and real. We greet family, friends, and strangers with “Happy Thanksgiving!” to acknowledge and celebrate publicly, at least for one day, our thankfulness for all that we have and enjoy in our lives, whatever the differences amongst us. In the same greeting, we wish for others the pleasure of appreciating the good in their lives so that they may also be happy. In the ritual of Thanksgiving, we take a moment to reflect on the positive aspects of our lives, setting aside whatever imperfections and frustrations we may normally face. And if we are so disposed, we will find in this experience a quiet form of happiness, a satisfaction that comes from the resolve, “in this moment, I am grateful.” If we string together many a moments like this, we live a more happy and fulfilled life.
In the rush of our modern days and the forces that compete for our attention, we might not realize how precious this moment is. Without our realizing it, things may be added or subtracted from what is today. Sometimes we only learn in retrospect what we take for granted. We assume there will always be the next day and the next task, and all the future days to come looking, perhaps, very similar. I hope that all the good in your life continues, knowing also that time and circumstances bring change and that nothing stands still.
So celebrate big today, and really give thanks. I hope this spirit of noticing the good and capturing it with gratitude carries on every day. And when you feel drawn down by the busy-ness of this world or the challenges of the future, and a certain emptiness sets in, simply come back to this... find all that is to be appreciated in this moment. In it is a key to nourishing your own happiness, which in turn allows you to be more supportive of the well-being of others. Happy Thanksgiving.
Thoughts for creating success in the second half of life.