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Monday’s Meditation: On Giving Thanks

Monday, November 24, 2014

Is this the cliche blogger move right now? Signs point to definitely, yes.

Ah, well: screw it.

Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way.

It’s coming on Thanksgiving for us Americans, and I can’t think of a group of people more deserving of my thanks than you.

You, reading while you nurse your son in Sweden, and you, too, as you go about your day in Israel, and all of you reading while you sit with a cup of coffee in your cramped (but lovely, I’m sure) New York apartments, and you in India and Australia and everywhere else.

I am so thankful to each and every one of you for being a part of this Live Simply.

So much has changed for me personally since I wrote my first post, but this blog has been a constant–a constant outpouring of my own brand of love and help. And I can’t thank you enough for allowing me to do that, for being receptive at all the right moments, for looking past my devout love of the word shit (I’ve been cutting back I swear! I mean, haven’t I?), for not seeming to bat one keystroke at my habit of making up words whenever the right one doesn’t feel like it’s out there already for me to use. 

I’m thankful for every ridiculously sweet and thoughtful email I get from you– the ones telling me about your own stories and how I, by virtue of this blog, have contributed to it. 

I am especially thankful for all your comments, tweets, email forwards, and more, because your help in spreading my message is integral and I don’t take any single one of those efforts to share it for granted.

I could not mean this more: thank you for understanding. You people get my humor and you acknowledge my sincerity, and you then you thank me for the words!

This blog is so much a part of me that I would probably be writing daily as I do even if nobody was reading. That you are, (so many of you!) (and from all over the world!) makes it so much more indescribably sweeter.

THE END. 

9 Verses For Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 28, 2013

1. I have so much. 

2. I will happily use the occasion of this day to focus my attention on the many things I have to be thankful for.

3. I will choose to see this day not as artificial or contrived, but as an opportunity to express and consider what I ought to be on a daily basis. 

4. I will feel thankful for the authentic reminder of the necessity to pause and give thanks that this day, itself provides.

5. All day long, I will concentrate on my blessings rather than on my grievances. When I catch myself returning to negative, fearful thoughts of lack I will purposefully turn my mind in the opposite direction again. 

6. I am beginning to see how I might use this day as a mental exercise, one that I might carry over into the next, and the next, and the next.

7. More and more will I make the good in my life take precedence over the bad. 

8. I am starting to understand that the whole world is a gift just for me, that I might use it in a way that most brings me joy.

9. Seeing and knowing all my blessings, I can begin to, in all ways, using my special set of skills, return the blessing right back to the world; as a means of thanking, as a token of love, as a testament of kinship.    

Image credit: Aubrie Pick for Apartment 34