A Day for Counting Your Blessings

For those of us in the US, today is Thanksgiving Day.  It's a day of rest (unless you're the one slaving away in the kitchen!), lots of eating, and giving thanks for the blessings in our life.

It's a good day, so I'll keep this short since I know you have to turkey to eat, football games to watch, and memories to make (and for some...getting your game plan ready for Black Friday shopping tomorrow!).

 

The beauty of counting your blessings

I probably don't have to remind you why it's good to count your blessings...we know how beneficial it is to express gratitude. But, I also feel it can't help to have a few reminders, right?

One of the main benefits to being thankful and appreciative of what you have in your life is that it allows you to live in the present. Soooo many of us fail to live in the present. We're either spending too much time regretting what's been lost or missed (i.e. staying the past) or trying to plan the next week, month, year, etc. (i.e. living in the future). We forget that the moment that we're in at any given second is fleeting.

Stop waiting for what's coming next, or crying over what's already done. Notice what's around you right now.

Notice what's around you right now.  What are you seeing, feeling, thinking, hearing, smelling, tasting, etc.  What's going on in your world right this second.  Live in the present because it's the only guarantee we have for our time and presence.

Expressing gratitude also helps you to succeed in life. When you regularly express gratitude it allows you to send out a positive, growth oriented energy into the world. That type of energy can't help but come back to you. When you are focused on what is working in your life and what is good, you start to see more opportunities. When we see more opportunities, we take more chances and we go farther.

When you only focus on what you don't have, you limit your range of view. Opportunities are hidden because you're not looking for them.

Want to go farther in life...count your blessings regularly.

 

There's always more we can want in this world, but the beauty of counting our blessings is that we get to see what we already have.  I guarantee you...no matter who you are, no matter how much money you have in the bank, no matter how many people are gathered around your Thanksgiving table today...you are blessed and have more than you know.

Pause...notice...be thankful...express your gratitude.

 

Counting my Own Blessings

This year, like most years, I'm on my own for Thanksgiving.  My family lives ~800 miles away, so I'm used to spending Thanksgiving by myself.  I actually don't mind...I get to save the calories and I have a quiet down day where I fire up the Christmas movies (Elf, Love Actually, Miracle on 34th Street, and/or whatever is playing on the Hallmark channel).  

I don't have a pile of dishes to clean up, family dramas to mediate (or avoid)...it's just me in a messy ponytail, my favorite sweatshirt, my cozy blanket, a good book, and a fire roaring in the fireplace (and chocolate...there is probably chocolate involved at some point).

I rarely, if ever, spend an entire off day, including weekends, where I'm not doing something, going somewhere, working, etc.  I never just take a full day off to do absolutely nothing and not feel one ounce of guilt at doing nothing (even if I'm sick, I feel guilty for not doing anything!).  So, Thanksgiving Day is a rare treat where I gift this to myself and that is one of the things I am grateful for.

What else makes my list?  Good health, amazing friends, a solid job, a promising 2017, a home that I love, etc. (seriously, I could go on and on, but like I said at the beginning...I want to keep this short today!)

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?