“…a genuine gratitude for blessings received, and a willingness to try for better things tomorrow will be the permanent assets we shall seek.”
~The 12 and 12
“It is necessary, then, to cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you; and to give thanks continuously…you should include all things in your gratitude.”
This is a revisit and slight revamped update to last year’s Thanksgiving post…
By now, I’ve gotten much better at remembering that I am not running the show. But along with not running the show, I must also remember not to let the show run me. I can control the energy with which I approach and relate to the holidays. I can set boundaries and act upon my highest intentions for the outcome I wish to create. And then not be attached to that outcome, and simply show up in my best and highest and most present self.
And remember what it’s all about, at least this week – the giving of thanks. So much to be thankful for. Last year I was worried about politics and having a guest list that mimicked the nation’s statistics – very divided politically with both sides convinced with proof the other side is full of crooks, cheaters, and crazies. I wanted people to steer clear of this topic as we gathered together, at least at the table and preferably throughout. I still do prefer Thanksgiving be a politics-free zone, and save those important conversations for another day.
Let this day be a chance to seek out things we have in common. They can be found if we stay out of the swamp.
Especially now because one person who was a big presence last year (who uttered not one political word but instead delivered a beautiful mealtime blessing) will not be at the table this year. Brother-in-law Gary died in a motorcycle accident in June (see List Post about Gary C to learn more here).
Such a great reality check that we only have this moment – and while we have it, we can be thankful for it, even though there’s plenty we don’t like and are unhappy about. We don’t have the privilege of knowing who will and who won’t be at the table next year. Let’s make this one count.
Hooray for my New Thought teachings and the spiritual tenets of recovery that remind me that I set the energetic tone for Thanksgiving by how I act, speak, and respond. It’s not anyone’s conversations or comments that ultimately control my experience. I do.
And because I am sober I can practice being fully present to enjoy and expand on my experience.
I don’t have to be perfect at it – I can practice again and again bringing my mind back to my values and what I know as truth. I can hold the high watch and allow others to be who they are.
All the while being beyond thankful for my sobriety. And though some amount of thanksgiving is part of my daily practice, I can’t wait for Thanksgiving Day 2017.
How are you managing with the holiday season upon us?
Do you have an impulse to avoid facing potentially uncomfortable situations, and if so how do you manage yourself to overcome this?
How many new, previously unrecognized things can you be grateful for in this moment?
In gratitude, harmony, and support,