I am not American or Canadian, but I have spent my share of time in both places, and my husband calls it home. One of the fantastic things about being able to travel, is to experience the different cultures, and find new things that resonates with what you already believe, or even better, takes you outside the box of what you have always thought.
The history of how the celebration of Thanksgiving came about, I will leave for others to tell. But for me, it is not only any Holiday out there, it is a reminder of all the things we have to be thankful for in life.
As I sit here, I am thankful for my long night`s sleep, because yesterday I was beyond exhausted. I am thankful for sitting here, “talking” to you with my morning coffee in my hand. I am thankful for my job that I will see later, and most of all the wonderful people there. I am thankful for having a feeling of contentment, because I know what it means to be in a crisis.
The list could go on and on. And, in my mind, it does. I will make this weekend my reminder, and continuously be thankful for the things that I have. I try to do that on a daily basis. Alas, I am only human. I do complain sometimes.
But, I try my best to live my the words of the Dalai Lama, when he says that our thoughts give us power. If you are constantly unhappy or blame others, you will never feel content. You have a choice on how to react to you circumstances, whether good or bad. Our thoughts become our words, our words become our habits and our habits become our character. Who do you want to be?
That little blaming though, that grumpy feeling towards a person – it will ultimately define you. Take a moment and think about it! WHO DO YOU WANT TO BE?
Feeling truly thankful is such a powerful feeling, it will exceed all other feelings, like depression. I might seem overly positive now, but believe me, I have tested it out:) And, so have many others. In treatment, we often suggest that people have a little book that they write down at least 5 things that they are thankful for every night before bed. It may seem hard at first, but then you discover it is hard to stop:)
And, you do not have to. When you discover the good things in life, indulge!