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Happy Thanksgiving y’all, quite literally a day to be grateful. :)
Between all of the turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce, people sometimes forget the value in just stopping and being still for a moment while genuinely expressing gratitude. Either it be to God, the Universe or yourself, whatever you believe in, taking the time to be grateful for what you already have can go a long way for your well being.
We’re a society driven in the “wants” and often false “needs.” Consumerism is probably at it’s all time highest as we’re constantly bombarded with Ads from every direction convincing you that you NEED these new fresh threads, these $600 headphones or flashy new car. For sure, having things is cool, but at the end of the day the things you are usually most grateful for aren’t usually things at all…
Today I am most grateful for:
#1. My fragile but Present Inner Peace
Having the serenity to truly accept things I cannot change. I am proud to have had the courage to take charge and change some of the things I could change. Things that quite frankly did me no good in life. I meditate and wish to keep the wisdom to understand and know the difference between the two.
(Some people will understand that last bit more than others, and the struggles and difficulties that come along these points, but that’s a post for another day...)
#2. My Health
I am thankful for my relatively good health. Physically and mentally trying to maintain this complex intricate machinery that is the human body, I have been lucky to be granted an overall good health. I know a lot of people in my personal life that haven’t had the same blessings and I pray and wish them strength through their journey.
It is my humble opinion that traveling is probably one of the most enlightening and gracious gifts you can give to yourself. Having the boldness to step out of your ordinary comfort zone and travel to a place you’ve never been, while experiencing new things, is something that allows you to grow inside on a different level. I love to travel and I’m grateful for every opportunity I have had to see new cultures, lifestyles and beaches! GOD am I ever grateful for BEACHES!!!
I am grateful for the people in my life as I understand how painful loneliness can be. Sadly people rarely feel comfortable admitting that out loud or sometimes even to themselves. Several years of my childhood was spent being the oddball and feeling left out of whatever given social circle I was trying to be part of at the time. As the years went by I became more comfortable with spending time by myself and getting to learn more about ME as an individual vs ME desperately trying to be part of an US.
As I grew older and began to understand and love who I was (even with all of my flaws), I suddenly found myself surrounded with amazing individuals. My crazy friends, my ambitious past and possibly future business partners, my loving girlfriend, and my fun hard working colleagues. I have also been blessed with a very large and amazing family (even with all of their quirks and little conflicts between each other, I hope they know how much I love them!) The people in my life, the relationships I have cultivated over the years. The love I have for them, that’s something to be truly grateful for. :)