A Thankful Mindful Monday
The question on my mind today is this: Where will you put your energy and attention this week?
Will you: A) Rush from your home into your crazed work life attempting to stuff five days of work into two and a half? B) Drool on your computer as you plot your Black Friday strategy? C) Obsess over what you’ll wear to your Thursday gathering so no one will notice your after-dinner done-lapped-over-your-waistband look?
Or, will you: A) Spend frequent moments of meditative gratitude? B) Do something, or several things, that gives back for your own bounty? C) Prepare your heart–one delightful moment at a time–for the “reason for the season?”
If we’re honest, most of us will probably engage in a little of both groups of questions. We’re human, after all. I think we can agree, however, as we move through this hearty eating and abundant family time, that it’s crucial to remember to go easy, to breathe deeply and to give ourselves–and each other a break. We’re all doing the very best we can.
In that vein, go forth into the wacky week with love and genuine thanksgiving for all that you’ve been given, and for all that you give. May these five thoughts help you along your way.
B Well & Present,
If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, “thank you,” that would suffice. ~Meister Eckhart
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Remember God’s bounty in the year. String the pearls of His favor. Hide the dark parts, except so far as they are breaking out in light! Give this one day to thanks, to joy, to gratitude! ~Henry Ward Beecher
For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
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