‘Tis the season to be jolly, fa la la la la’…. wait, I am getting ahead of myself. The onslaught of holiday merriments that can be found in every store and every commercial has us rushing right by one of the best holidays! Slow down, people. Drop the lights, put down the nog, and leave that elf in his stupid box just a little longer, ok?
It is, however, the season to be thankful. Thanksgiving is about so much more than the turkey and stuffing (though I will be making quadruple the amount I had last year to ensure I have leftovers this time, dammit!). It is, for me anyhow, a time to reflect on all that I am grateful for. And so that’s what we will talk about today. Gratitude, Thankfulness, and all things grateful.
Here at the Feels, we are big on gratitude and I am no exception. Counting our blessings should be a daily practice for everyone. It keeps things in perspective, and lets you see the silver lining, even when it’s dark. If you are not already involved in some level of gratitude practice, I invite you to invoke the spirit of thanksgiving and reflect for a while. Not just on the things you have or the great pieces of your life. Not just the happy moments and the joys. They absolutely warrant being acknowledged and counted amongst the numbers but also pause and reflect on the challenges, the dark times, the people and situations that hurt you, or caused chaos or strife in your life and count them as well.
Why? Why, you say? Why would I want to be thankful for the shitty stuff? Thankful for those craptastic people that hurt me? Grateful for my darkest moments? Yes! Because in those moments, you grew. You learned. You survived. And maybe even, you came out shinier, stronger and better than before. And for that, I implore you to say thank you!
The good, the bad, the ugly. The elation. The tears. Coming unglued and piecing back together. Never the same. But the cracks allow the light in. And you, you are glowing my friend. Yes, you. Your journey is infinitely your own. You control the gratitude. So maybe, it’s time you said thank you. To yourself, to your journey, to all that you are and for the opportunity for all that you will be.
I, am grateful for each and every one of you for sharing in my journey by reading my little post every month. You make me better. You make me think, and feel. You make me remember. You make me laugh, and you make me cry. You all help me to cleanse and share and grow. And I am eternally grateful for each of you.
With many blessings to you all for a warm and happy Thanksgiving full of joy and laughter,
Joan Poirier is an Empath, a goddess, a woman, a wife, a mother, a sister, a friend. She is you, and she is me. Just a real woman, embracing her age and her wisdom, and not afraid of opening the dam and making some waves during her short time on the wild ride of life. She is on an ever-growing quest to live better, do better, be better and taking all the lumps that go with it.