Gratitude on Thanksgiving Day

It’s the Thanksgiving Day holiday in the USA, and yesterday, my family and I made the long drive to Sacramento and are looking forward to visits with my Mom and family in the area. From our family to yours, wishing you a blessed day, lots of meaningful and memorable moments and tasty food!

One of the things I love most about Thanksgiving is the focus on “giving thanks” and taking inventory of all we’re grateful for. Of course, on the top of my list is my family — my husband John, daughter Shanti, son Riser (both now 5 years old!) and our lovable dog Cruzer, who is always at the center of our snuggles. John is my “rock,” and life partner. My children have brought me a joy (and growth) beyond measure… their laughter, their love, their curiosity for life, their reminder of what’s most important.

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And, of course, the gratitude list is longer. Here’s a partial list…

I’m grateful for the time I have with my Mom… every interaction precious in its own way, even as Alzheimer’s hijacks her ability to interact in the same way. However, the moments of connection become even more meaningful.

I’m grateful for technology that allows me to connect with YOU! And, all the many other technologies I enjoy and rely upon to make life easier… my iPhone, Facebook, FitBit, email, etc.

I’m grateful for yoga, and particularly Kayvon… my favorite instructor at You and the Mat… for those deep stretches in all the right places, holding positions until those muscles relax, and inviting awareness and breath into those places of resistance. This class always makes my week! Ahhhhhhhhh!

I’m grateful for all the personal growth work I’ve done through the years, and the accumulated skills and practices that keep me inspired to live into my best life and allow me to keep my sanity… or at least return to it more quickly than might be happening otherwise.

I’m grateful for my health and energy. Not flawless. Always a work in progress, but it allows me to create, connect, and contribute to others every day. I’m blessed, as I know others battle this daily.

I’m grateful for YOU… for being a part of my community. Those who have been with me since the very beginning… 19 years ago, and those who have joined me recently. You give me purpose that lights up my soul. Thank you!

What are you grateful for? I’d love to hear your responses on my blog.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I wanted to share 2 videos of my daughter Shanti singing. This first video is about “Gratitude” on Thanksgiving Day.

Video #2 features a a cute Gobble Gobble Gobble Thanksgiving song. Hope it brings a smile to your face and warms your heart.

Until the next time….

Here’s to your inner peace.

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