Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because it reminds me of the value of gratitude.
When I sit at the dining room table, with all the delicious food at my fingertips, I pause to think about all the people it took to get this meal on the table—many of them I will never meet, yet when I allow their efforts to touch my heart I emerge humbled and grateful.
I look at those around me and think of everyone who has had a part in shaping my life—some closely and some remotely, some pleasantly and some painfully. I want to believe that each and every one of them are giving life their most loving shot just like me. I want to believe that they fall on their faces sometimes just like me. I want to believe that they are forgiveable just like me. That they get scared sometimes just like me. That they feel hurt sometimes just like me. And that they are capable of healing, growing and maturing emotionally when given the chance, just like me.
You are at my 'proverbial' table my friend. I 'see' you with the eyes of my heart. I see you as amazing but sometimes you forget. And when you forget you struggle. I see that you sometimes wrestle with your feelings. I see that you are capable of using your hurt to heal and grow and come back to amazing. And for that choice you can be grateful. I want you to know that it is possible to emerge from life's struggles more openhearted rather than guarded. It takes some effort and ego busting at times but it is so worth it.
Welcome to the human experiment. I hope you use these times to make the shift from guarded to openhearted. We will all be delighted and grateful. The humble pie is delicious!