Having a positive outlook on life can be hard, but intensely rewarding. It’s easy to say a glass is half empty. It’s much harder to say, “Thank goodness I still have half a glass to drink. I’m thirsty, and that will help.” Like anything else in life, seeing the silver linings in life is a skill, and when done faithfully, can become a habit.
Imagine a life where you exchange your expectations for gratitude. The disappointments in life become much more manageable. And there are fewer of them. It’s easier to feel like you have enough, to appreciate the gifts you’re given and to see the blessings in life.
That is what I love most about tomorrow, Thanksgiving. It’s yearly encouragement to be thankful for the things we have already accomplished, to see how far we have come, to appreciate our families and friends, and to see that often, we are lucky to have so much in our lives. Most of us have a roof, even if we don’t own it. Most of us have food, warmth and a computer with which to read this awesome blog… We have life. Even when it’s hard, it’s precious.
Tomorrow is a day to appreciate the positives. Spend a few moments between tofurkey and pie reflecting on the good things in your life. In the end, we can’t keep the gifts, the wealth, the stuff we surround ourselves with…but we can remember the path we took in life, the moments of joy and accomplishment, and be proud of how our experiences shaped us, and the choices we made because of them. We can practice an attitude of gratitude.
The photo above was taken on a hike with my friend David (an awesome photog from Cali, check out his work!) while he was visiting in CT. The leave whirlpool reminds me a little of the way water drains from a tub. Felt appropriate as we make our transition from beautiful, beautiful Autumn….to very cold Winter. haha
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For those of you interested in helping me raise funds for the victims of Typoon Haiyan in the Philippines, when the time comes for holiday shopping, go here. 50% of profits through December 15 go to Care.org and the Filipinos in need.
For those of you interested in winning a holiday gift, go here, “like” the page and leave a comment on the contest poster letting me know which image you want. Winner announced on Friday, so you only have a few days.