We don’t celebrate giving thanks in the UK or the Caribbean in the same way that Americans celebrate Thanksgiving on a particular day every year. That is not to say that we don’t give thanks, it just isn’t associated with a huge meal and family gathering, but it is usually around this time of year and may well have been associated with the end of harvest.
I felt really strongly this year about recognising that which I am grateful for and I thought I would share some of these with you. This list is not exhaustive but let me know if they resonate…..
- I give thanks for my family. I am part of a rather large group of people who call themselves “family.” My father believed there was little else more important and I like to think he passed this on to me. Now after 30 years of sharing my life with Mark, I consider his peeps to be mine as well.
- I give thanks that I have never witnessed war or violence on the scale that is ripping our green planet apart at the moment. I hope that my small efforts like butterfly wings will go someway to calming this, and fostering love and respect in everyone I meet.
- I give thanks for my health. I may be diabetic, but by virtue of chance, I am in a first world country with very good medical support and my chances of living a full and long life are just the same as a member of the general public. In fact probably better as I must take such care of myself.
- I give thanks for the fact that God willing, I am to be a grandmother in 2016.
- I give thanks for the fact that I am able to access my creativity in my relationship with you my Sun Templers. So many people go through life hating what they do and feeling unfulfilled. To find a path that stimulates and enhances one’s life is a gift.
- I give thanks for meditation which has only recently come into my life but which has caused great shifting in my perception and therefore my reality and that I share this wondrous thing everyday with Mark.
- I give thanks for my faith. I believe it is a gift and I treasure it.
- I give thanks for my lifestyle which allows me to sample the riches of life in a tropical (third world) as well as a temperate (first world) country.
- I give thanks for my friends. I don’t have many, but those who I do call “friend” are as precious as family.
- I give thanks for the hope I feel about life. I believe everything is as it should be and that with time and an openness of spirit the continued path will reveal itself and I can contribute fully wherever my talents are most needed.