Thursday is Thanksgiving in the United States, and while eating delicious food and spending time with family and friends is all part of this holiday, I think it’s also important to reflect on its true meaning: a time to count one’s blessings. I keep a gratitude journal all year long. 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:
C: Cape May, New Jersey
D: Downton Abbey. I became obsessed with the series this year, and I loved the movie.
E: Eating out – one of my great pleasures in life
G: Gingerbread. But not just any gingerbread, it has to be the German kind.
H: Hallmark Channel Christmas movies. I know, they’re about as hokey as things get, but to me, they’re the ultimate stress relief.
I: my independence
J: Jonathan Van Ness. I had a chance to meet him earlier this year, and he was just as lovely and positive in person as he is on the show.
L: Lazy Sundays
N: Netflix. Queer Eye, Kominsky Method, Schitt’s Creek, The Great British Baking Show are just a few of my favorites.
O: Oranges and Clementines. I’m obsessed with citrus fruit in the winter months and add them to my salads almost every day.
P: Prime, as in Amazon Prime. From fast shipping to music to movies and TV shows, I use it all the time.
Q: Queen (the band)
S: Sun puddles. I think I was probably a cat in another life.
U: Unscheduled time
V: Veterinarians and veterinary staff, for all they do to make cats’ lives better
W: Walking. My daily walks are exercise, meditation and sanity saver all in one for me.
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: Yoga pants, aka my work wardrobe!
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?