Acknowledging Abundance

“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”
― Eckhart Tolle

I blogged about this before, but in case you missed it, I have been keeping a gratitude journal since May of 2019. I acknowledge three things to be grateful for every day, no matter how big or small or weird (rainbow and unicorn hope is a thing). Repetition is okay, especially if it’s near and dear to the heart, like summertime, bacon and dark chocolate.

In April of this year, I added a section for daily prayer and reflection after the three gratitude’s, as far too many people have been hurting physically, emotionally and financially. There is solace to be found in prayer or in simply thinking good thoughts for others. I, myself, have had moments of anxiety this year over the pandemic and elections, and often referred to this scripture for calm:

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God.” ~Phillipians 4:6

I talked to God a lot this year, both thanking and pleading, thanking and pleading, thanking and pleading. I prayed for the sick and homeless and for better times to come. He seems to have heard me on a few accounts (the rainbow and unicorn hope has also done its thing).

Thursday, November 26th, is Thanksgiving in the United States and this is when we eat copious amounts of food, watch football, take naps and be thankful for what we have. With bad Covid numbers in Wisconsin, roommate Natasha and I are staying home to cook our Thanksgiving dinner and perhaps watch movies instead of football. I am so grateful for a roof over my head, food in my mouth, and someone with which to share a holiday when it’s impossible for me to visit family.

I have had an abundance to acknowledge and be thankful for in 2020.

  • A job and financial security
  • Retiring from a job
  • Staying upright and healthy
  • Keeping in touch with family
  • Connecting with old and new friends
  • Warm, fuzzy jackets in the winter
  • Flip flops in the summer
  • Biking, walking, being outside
  • Dedication of frontline workers in a pandemic
  • Birthday cake and blueberry muffins
  • The sounds of birds, geese and sandhill cranes
  • Furry, whiskered felines
  • Comedy, humor, laughter
  • Accepting the merits of lazy days
  • The creative blogging community

There’s more, but I don’t want to bore you with things like a heating pad and Advil, although I don’t know what I would do without either. I also have to acknowledge how horrible this year has been for some, so I’ll keep praying and hoping that your pain will lessen and there will be better days in the months to come. My heart goes out to you.

Whether or not you keep a gratitude journal or celebrate Thanksgiving this week, I urge you to always count your blessings and be grateful for what and who you have in this life, for what’s most important.

What does that look like for you today and every day?

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22 responses to Acknowledging Abundance

  1. It’s fantastic to have a gratitude list, and I share some of your items. I am thankful to live in a beautiful town with lots of canal walks on our doorstep, for my cuddly dog who we adopted late last year, for my children who both frustrate and delight me in equal measures, and for so many other things but I won’t bore you. Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Those are wonderful things to give thanks for every day. Gratitude gives special meaning to what we might otherwise take for granted. Enjoy the holidays with the cuddly dog, kids and family!

  2. murisopsis says:

    I think there has been a lot more praying going on this year than in the past… and yet we have much to be grateful for. I have never kept a gratitude journal but it does sound like a very good idea – a way to keep the negativity at bay.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I find that writing down what I’m thankful for keeps me from crabbing about everything I don’t like.

  3. Dan Antion says:

    Much to reflect on here, Mary. I don’t keep a journal, but I think about others and pray, for them and for me. Perhaps a simpler Thanksgiving celebration will be a good thing. We have much to be thankful for.

    All the best is my wish for you. Th as bid for being one of the voices of reason in my world.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      While I’m not always “reasonable,” I’m grateful to have a blogging buddy who appreciates that side of me when it shows up. I know you pray every day, so thank you for being so thoughtful. The best is here, Dan, in being, breathing and living life to the fullest. Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. Cheryl says:

    I love your gratitude journal. This year, hubs and I are now living in another country that really knows nothing of our ‘yearly’ Thanksgiving celebration, although the Americans have their obvious influence here with a couple of the restaurants offering dinner specials with a reservation. The holiday was always about the kids, the family, noise and sharing for me. Since Covid hit we have not been able to get together with any of my children except the youngest who recently paid us a quick visit. His work has him tested every three days so he came with a clean test. I am most thankful for technology and the free ability to video chat with them and my grandchildren any time, even here in Central America! As for the ‘official’ holiday, I am officially giving up celebrating Thanksgiving, preferring to celebrate my thankfulness each and every day that I am well, can still breathe, walk and see all that this world is made of. And if the time comes when family can visit us, or we them, then we will cook a lot of great food, laugh and celebrate just being together. Happy Thanksgiving to you and Natasha. I am thankful that the world will see a new future, that all souls will awaken to the light within and understand we are all a part of the same organism. 🤗💕

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Cheryl, I knew that you moved, but Central America? That was a huge move, but I hope you are in a wonderful place, finding new hope and peace. Have a wonderful Thursday – I’m sure you’ll be chatting with your children and grandkids, and finding something good to eat to celebrate all that you have. ❤

  5. Laura says:

    I love your list. Today my gratitude list includes finally allowing our new kitten free reign in our house after a month of isolation and controlled interactions with our cat and two dogs only to find that the four have settled right in. 🙂

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Babeeeee! 😻🙂
      Enjoy the laughs your kitten will bring and joy of the four furry beasts getting along. Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. A lovely post, Mary J. I used to keep a gratitude journal, and found it very helpful.
    These days my therapist has me keeping a “Did Do” list instead. It’s meant to help keep me from dwelling on all the things I can’t get done that overwhelm me.
    Although, once in awhile, I remember my gratitude journal and add something to it. Being grateful for simple things is wonderful, helpful, and uplifting — regardless of her warnings about “forcing gratitude.” I really am grateful for those little things.
    Hugs on turkey wings!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thanks Teagan! The Did Do list makes perfect sense, although I’m sorry for all the thing that overwhelm you. I have days when gratitudes don’t come easy, but I always end up finding three things that make me happy…like a swishing cat tail. Happy Thanksgiving and hugs on chicken legs!

  7. J-Dub says:

    Wonderful perspective in your list. I have many of the same on mine. I had stopped my gratitude journal some months back but need to pick it up again for my own sanity. Too much doom and gloom is not good for anybody. A renewed gratitude journal and turning off the news might just be the ticket. ❤

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I truly believe the journal has helped my emotional well-being this year because even on the toughest days, I had to remind myself of the good. There’s plenty of it when we acknowledge it. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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