As the fall chill becomes more penetrating, and daylight seems to flee before we are ready to say, “Good Night”, I realize that I have choices. I can complain about Mother Nature’s activity, the world’s chaos that seem to envelope us daily, or the fact that statistics show that we are less happy as a human race than we ever have been.
I am making a different choice… one of looking at each day with “thanksgiving”. To confirm this choice, I actually say thank you out loud, (usually no one is around), for whatever it is that connects me to my heart center. I even find myself smiling, have a lightness in my step, and am feeling “filled to the brim”.
As a result, more “positivity” is coming my way, and that adds to my joy! Being perfectly realistic, that doesn’t mean that I don’t have down moments. However, they are fewer and farther between…
As our lives become absorbed with the holiday hype, I invite you to look for the “pearls” in each day that light you up… perhaps to become more playful, have more fun with family and friends, find a way to give service to those in need, or simply taking a good deep breath when the “going gets tough”.
My next newsletter will have some wonderful holiday gift ideas. How about considering a gift certificate to my adult classes at Open Space Yoga or my Creative Kids Yoga Classes at the Unitarian Church in Nashua? Be on the lookout right after Thanksgiving for more holiday ideas.
In the meantime, I am leaving you with this Thanksgiving thought from W.E.B. Du Bois, an African-American, sociologist, writer and activist (1868 – 1963).
“Give us thankful hearts… in this the season of Thy Thanksgiving. May we be thankful for health and strength, for sun and rain and peace. Let us seize the day and the opportunity and strive for that greatness of spirit that measures life not by its disappointments but by its possibilities, and let us ever remember that true gratitude and appreciation shows itself neither in independence nor satisfaction but passes the gift joyfully on in larger and better form.”
Heartfelt Thanksgiving blessings to you and your family,