November arrives, ushering in the season of gratitude.Throughout history, fall has been a time for celebrating and giving thanks for Earth’s bountiful harvest. While the nature of these celebrations has evolved through the centuries, the spirit of the occasion remains the same: to reflect on life’s gifts.
In anticipation, we reminisce about our blessings as we plan how our Thanksgiving Day will be spent: whether to be a host or a guest; what traditional dishes to serve and with whom we will spend this day of gratefulness. For some, this Thanksgiving will have new meaning and a different energy. There are those who have experienced the loss of a spouse, a parent or a dear friend; a deep void will be felt as those who are no longer with us are lovingly remembered. Thanks will be given for their presence in our lives. Others will experience an expansion of gratitude as the birth of a child or a grandchild is joyfully acknowledged. Loved ones may be absent because of distance; others will embrace the addition of a new family member or friend to their Thanksgiving festivities.
Regardless of our individual situations, Thanksgiving provides an auspicious time to gather with those we hold dear and share in gratitude for both the gifts and the challenges that brought us to this day.
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” – Melody Beattie