Thursday is Thanksgiving in the United States. As we’re looking forward to spending time with family and friends, I think it’s important not to lose sight of the true meaning of the holiday: a time to count one’s blessings.

I keep a gratitude journal: each night before I go to bed, I list at least three things I was grateful for that day. Gratitude is a powerful force. It shifts your mood and your thoughts from a place of lack to a place of abundance. Gratitude is all about being in the present moment, and appreciating what’s around you.

Several years ago, I started my tradition of making a “Thanksgiving ABC’s” list. Some of the items on the list repeat year after year, others are new. Here’s this year’s list:

A: Allegra

B: Being my own boss

C: Cats, of course!

D: Dark chocolate

E: Eating out – one of my great pleasures in life

F: Facebook – I continue to marvel at the connections is enables us to make

G: German language. This year, I joined a German conversation group so my German wouldn’t get completely rusty, and it’s not only been a lot of fun, I also made some wonderful new friends.

H: my home

I: my independence

J: Joy

K: Kaffee und Kuchen – a German tradition of having a sweet treat with a cup of coffee in the afternoon

L: Lebkuchen (a type of German Christmas cookie)

M: Marzipan (we’ve got a food theme going on here, don’t we!)

N: New York City, my favorite city in the world

O: Organic products

P: Purring

Q: Quiet reflection – it’s essential for my mental well being

R: Ruby

S: Shankminds. I joined this Mastermind group of brilliant business people in February of this year, and it’s changed not just my business, but my personal life in unexpected and wonderful ways.

T: Tortitude

U: Uber, because it makes getting places so easy and stress-free

V: Veterinarians, for all they do to make cats’ lives better

W: Walking. I couldn’t function without my daily walks.

X: X-mas. Even though I’m not crazy about this abbreviation of Christmas, I can never think of anything else that starts with X, and I do love Christmas!

Y: You – our readers!

Z: the Zoomies – it’s what I call it when Ruby races through the house like a crazy kitten for no reason at all

What are you grateful for this Thanksgiving?

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8 Comments on Conscious Cat Sunday: Thanksgiving ABC’s 2016

  1. I always look forward to your Sunday reflection, not that I don’t enjoy the other days!
    Great article and room for thinking about my own life.

  2. Ingrid,

    AM thankful for many things. The list is long. But… I AM THANKFUL/DELIGHTED THAT I CAME ACROSS AND JOINED CAT CONSCIOUS!

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