It’s the abundance and quality of the choices with which we are blessed that reveals stunning blessings as we pause during this annual holiday of giving thanks.
It is my intention to thank each of you individually throughout the year for your gifts of friendship, trust, laughter and love; but invariably, that does not happen as consistently as one would like. So THANK YOU – EACH OF YOU – AND KNOW THAT I MEAN YOU!!! Thanksgiving is a very personal holiday – one in which we are invited to go within and examine our relationships of gratitude to every aspect of our lives. JFK said:
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
May this Thanksgiving be a time when we both speak and live by the grateful feelings and actions that we express at this time of year.
In gratitude, Happy Thanksgiving!
My first marathon was the Honolulu Marathon, and I noticed that when I clapped and cheered on other runners as I was running, that I felt stronger and more energized. I remember its being a great reminder that we get what we give. W. Clement Stone said it more eloquently:
“Your most precious, valued possessions and your greatest powers are invisible and intangible. No one can take them. You, and you alone, can give them. You will receive abundance for your giving.”
This seems to translate into “the more abundantly I give, the more abundantly I receive” – and to remember that giving is true and complete with no expectation or requirement of return.
How does this sense of giving and receiving abundance fit with your life experience and world view? Is it true that we get what we give? How often do you remember this principle? How frequently do you practice it?
How often do we consider how abundant our lives are – and do so without any cloying, overly sweet sentiments? Just the facts: what do we enjoy in large measure that, for many others, might be considered a huge blessing?
One of the issues associated with abundance is that we can take things for granted. There can be so much of something or a situation or a person that we can fool ourselves into thinking that our life experience will always include those people or things in the same degree.
Writer, Jean Petit-Senn, said: “Not what we have, but what enjoy, constitutes our abundance.”
What are you enjoying now in your life? Where have you recently felt laughter, peace, satisfaction, fulfillment? What is abundant in your life to the degree that you are not only aware of it, but you actually enjoy and appreciate its presence?