“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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