“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” ― Epicurus
Sending joyful wishes to you and yours! This special holiday served as our extended family reunion gathering as a child. We usually went to the farm where all the traditional comfort food converged from an eight-county area onto one table. If there were strained family relationships they were set aside for the day.
This breaking of bread among family served us well. I only remember the laughter, the stories (that got bigger each year), and the fellowship. It was expressed gratitude that we had family. I know it was far from perfect, but even in that, I learned gratitude in the face of the imperfect. I learned that one does not depend on the other.
Choosing Gratitude And Thanksgiving
This year, with the pandemic waining we will resume our extended family gathering. I am grateful.
Choosing to look at what I have rather than what I do not goes much deeper than just a healthy mental attitude. Gratitude and joy are a force. It has life, but must be intentionally nurtured.
Here is this year’s list Joyful Wishes list:
- For the air, I breathe and breath in my lungs. This is especially dear after a virus pneumonia encounter in August.
- for a loving husband of almost 44 years who nursed me through the virus and double pneumonia while he too dealt with the beast!
- access to food and other daily necessities
- for diligent workers who have braved the working world including those who work in our home
- hot and cold running water
- several modes of reliable transportation
- heat, gas, and electricity
- a warm, clean bed with a comfy new mattress
- several cats that entertain, keep us company and cuddle just when we need it
- a washer, dryer, and clean clothes
- For the colorful autumn leaves out my window.
- for the gift of flight and all that means
Now it is your turn! Let’s see how far this can go. What one thing are you grateful for today?