On Thankfulness

I have a serious attitude problem. I have a tendency sometimes, to focus on what I DON’T have, instead of what I DO have. I’m sure we all do this from time to time. It’s easy to get wrapped up in this kind of self talk: “If only I had THIS, then I could do THIS.” “I don’t have that, so I can’t be happy”.

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving in the U.S. I’ve never really thought much about this holiday (our Thanksgiving is in October here in Canada), but I’m seeing so much discussion about it in my social networks, that it’s made me sit back and reflect too.

My reflections are further emphasized by the fact that this year, U.S. Thanksgiving Day is also my birthday. As Americans sit down to celebrate with their families, I too will be celebrating with my family and friends.

I’ve realized this morning that I need to give myself a bit of an attitude adjustment. That being grateful for what one has isn’t about a holiday, or a birthday, but that gratefulness should be a theme throughout life.

So, as of this very moment, I will no longer worry about what I don’t have. I will focus on what I do have:

My health and the health of my family. I am blessed to have a loving, wonderful family who are healthy and happy. I too, am blessed to have my own health and well being.

My friends. Tomorrow will be a day of celebration for me, and I am so grateful to have the opportunity to have amazing friends who want to share that celebration with me.

My work. I’m thankful that I have the opportunity to follow my passion. I owe that opportunity to my parents, who always encouraged us to follow our dreams, and to my husband, who works so hard in order to give me the opportunity to make my dream come true.

So that’s it. It’s out there. No more focusing on lack. Only focusing on the abundance I already have.

What are you thankful for?

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Grateful

It’s Thanksgiving weekend in Canada. It’s the height of Autumn, the trees are a fiery glow on the brightest of blue skies. The breeze is crisp, but the last of summer’s warmth can still be felt in the sun.

Fall is my favourite time of year, not just for the beautiful days, but because it signifies change. Sleepy summer afternoons make way for the bountiful harvest of Fall. Thoughts of pumpkin pie, comfort food, and even the still distant Christmas season fill my head.

I’ve been working really hard these past few weeks. Well it’s good to be busy, especially since I’m my own boss, it’s nice to have this peaceful Saturday to sit back and reflect. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I’ve compiled a list of all the things I am grateful for:

I am grateful for:

  • My family. For their love, and their unwavering support and faith in me. 
  • My little nephews. They are growing up to be healthy, happy, terrific kids. 
  • The fact that my friends have healthy, happy, terrific kids too. 
  • My husband. He makes our home my soft spot to land in the midst of all the craziness. 
  • My pets. Four little heartbeats that fill my house with fur and chaos, but mostly love. 
  • My best friend and business partner. It’s so rare to have both in the same person – we know we are very fortunate. 
  • The Internet. Yes, the Internet. Because if not for the Internet I would have never met my husband, I would not have my dream career, and I would not have gotten to know all of you. 
Thank you for reading this blog. I’m grateful to have this little corner of the Internet, where I can share with you what’s going on inside my head. I’m thrilled that you take the time out of your busy lives to come here and read, and share your own thoughts. 
Happy Thanksgiving!
What are you grateful for?