On Waking …
I give thanks for arriving
Safely in a new dawn,
For the gift of eyes
To see the world,
The gift of mind
To feel at home in my life,
The waves of possibility
Breaking on the shore of dawn,
The harvest of the past
That awaits my hunger,
And all the furtherings
This new day will bring.
~~ John O’Donohue
Blessings to all my precious people in our sacred community!!
The season of Thanksgiving is truly a time to take stock of the blessings in our lives and definitely revolves around more than food, football and Black Friday sales. But this season – when the daylight grows shorter, and the temperature drops – is also a time that often serves as a natural opportunity for reflection on life. Many people take a moment to consider the broader aspects of their existence, their experiences, relationships, and personal growth. Here are some ways Thanksgiving can prompt reflection on life:
Gratitude for Experiences: It’s a chance to reflect on the various experiences life has offered—both good and challenging. These experiences contribute to personal growth and shape who we are.
Appreciation for Relationships: Thanksgiving encourages reflection on the people who have been part of our lives—family, friends, mentors, and even acquaintances. Reflecting on the impact they’ve had on our lives can evoke a sense of gratitude.
Personal Growth and Achievements: This time often prompts individuals to consider their personal development, achievements, and the progress they’ve made in various aspects of life—career, education, personal goals, etc.
Challenges and Resilience: Reflecting on the challenges faced and how they were overcome provides an opportunity to appreciate one’s resilience and strength, emphasizing the lessons learned in difficult times.
Gratitude for Opportunities: Reflecting on opportunities seized, new paths taken, and the doors opened in life helps to acknowledge the moments that have led to personal fulfillment.
Self-Reflection and Future Goals: Taking stock of where one stands currently and envisioning future goals or aspirations is a common practice during this time, encouraging self-reflection and setting intentions for the future.
Contributions and Giving Back: Thinking about how one has contributed to the lives of others or the community often arises during Thanksgiving, emphasizing the importance of giving back.
Remember, reflection during Thanksgiving need not be formal or structured; it’s more about taking a moment to pause, appreciate, and consider the broader aspects of life that often go unnoticed in the hustle and bustle of daily routines. It’s an opportunity to foster a deeper sense of appreciation for the richness and complexity of life itself.