I know; it’s been months since the last post. So much life…
Today, however, marks 40 days until my personal favorite holiday of the year, Thanksgiving. In an effort to jump start the season of thanks and giving, these next 40 days are all about GRATEFULNESS. As a way to express appreciation, share kindness, and reflectively narrate on gratitudes of gratefulness, there will be one question posted each day (similar to prior years with Christmas Questions) so feel free to play along with the Grateful Game.
As you know, being grateful is an extraordinary feeling of appreciation for a kindness, a welcome experience of gratitude and thankfulness. Being authentically grateful brings pleasure and contentment on a level we could genuinely use in our daily world. The word itself comes from the Latin derivative, gratus, “showing grace, blessing, and JOY…” Just like daily physical exercise, we must create mindful ways to powerfully practice daily gratitude in order to benefit mind, body, and soul.
This is personally easy: rest. It’s been a challenging week of weather-related anxieties, preparations, cleanup, regroup, and more. Being grateful for simple, comfortable rest, including deep sleep, rejuvenates all functions. Purposefully planning an entire day of rest with little-to-no agenda is a self-care tool to gratefully embrace. My favorite Transcendentalist, Henry David Thoreau noted, “I am grateful for what I am and have…my Thanksgiving is perpetual.” What’s your ONE grateful thing today?