Thursday is Thanksgiving in the United States. As we’re looking forward to spending time with family and friends, I think it’s important not to lose sight of the true meaning of the holiday: a time to count one’s blessings.
I keep a gratitude journal: each night before I go to bed, I list three things I was grateful for that day. Gratitude is a powerful force. It can shift your mood and your thoughts from a place of scarcity to a place of abundance and joy. Gratitude is about being in the present moment, and appreciating what’s around you.
Several years ago, I started my tradition of making a “Thanksgiving ABC’s” list. Some of the items on the list repeat year after year, others are new. Here’s this year’s list:
B: Buckley, for the love and joy she brought, and for how she changed my life
C: Cats, of course!
D: Dark chocolate
E: Eating out – one of my great pleasures in life
G: Google, because I use it every day, all day long
H: my home
I: my iPhone
K: my Kindle
L: Lebkuchen (a type of German Christmas cookie)
M: Marzipan (we’ve got a food theme going on here, don’t we!)
N: New York City, my favorite city in the world
O: Organic products
Q: Quiet reflection – it’s essential for my mental well being
S: Sun puddles – I’m very much like a cat when it comes to seeking out the sun
U: Uber, because it’s made travel so easy
V: Veterinarians, for all they do to make cats’ lives better
W: My daily walks
X: X-mas. Even though I’m not crazy about this abbreviation of Christmas, I couldn’t think of anything else that starts with X, and I do love Christmas!
Y: You – our readers!
Z: the Zoomies – it’s what I call it when Ruby races through the house like a crazy kitten for no reason at all
What are you grateful for this Thanksgiving?