Thank you for staying here by my side over the years! It has almost been two years since I began Transitions Blog and it seems like much longer (giggle). As we all know Transition is a process that happens over a long period of time often without us even knowing the change is occurring and then bam something big happens and we realize how far we have actually come!
Grace and Gratitude are two traits I have been developing all my life and I suspect you have also been developing these muscles maybe without even noticing! Without Gratitude life simply stops working. It is the grease that keeps the engine running. Grace is the way in which we do this.
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because I feel gratitude is so important and because I feel that I am pretty good at it. The food is not bad either (grin). The Native American’s taught us several important things about this holiday and here they are.
The food you eat is a gift from Great Spirit (even if you paid for it). Life is being converted to a Higher form by us eating it and giving our grace to the animal or plant that is offering it up. We always thank the animal or plant for giving its life so that we may live. It is a thought and a feeling that becomes a habit every time you consume something. ”Grace isn’t a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal. It’s a way to live.” Attributed to Jacqueline Winspear.
Thanksgiving is a daily event, not one day a year! Of course holidays are about family and friends sharing gratitude for each other as well as all their other gifts. In this busy world of diverse business and world travel many families no longer live in close proximity so the holidays are an excuse to come together. As far as gratitude and grace, well these are daily practices which we are reminded of and celebrate once a year on the third Thursday of November.
ps. Remember that Thanksgiving comes before Christmas for a reason. Gratitude and Grace before Giving and Receiving!