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You know what I mean. The perennial list. Lose weight, spend time with people instead of my computer, deal with the dog hair tumbleweed under the couch.
When I ignore the list for too long I get into a funk.
What’s the answer? How do I find the inspiration to do what needs to be done when all I feel is tired, unmotivated and quite satisfied to stay that way?
While I’ve been looking up and sharing my favorite Thanksgiving recipes, it made me think about the reason for Thanksgiving. I’m Canadian so we already celebrated our Thanksgiving the second week of October. There was lots of wonderful food, I saw my family, spent time with my frail grandmother. But there was little time for reflection and appreciation.
Thanksgiving is meant to be a time to stop, take stock in the events of the past year and show thankfulness. But why? Why when there’s been so many wars this year, so many suffering financial loss, too many things that don’t measure up?
When we are truly grateful, we switch our lens from seeing the glass as half empty to seeing it as half full. Nothing around us has changed. How we view it has changed. We focus on what we do have rather than what is lacking, on the friendly rather than the hostile.
Appreciation gives us the strength to grasp hope and cling to a better future.
Stopping. Taking time to look at things differently than we have. Putting our situation into new words. Seeing it in a new light. Writing down the checklist of events and blessings. It puts it all in a better perspective, igniting the flame of hope in our hearts, stirring our spirit to wait. Just wait. There’s something more. And it’s good.
Count Your Blessings
We’d like to encourage you and yours to take a moment to count your blessings this Thanksgiving, so we offer this free gratitude journal printable for kids and adults to write their reflections.
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While I’m taking a moment to show appreciation, I’d like to sincerely thank you for taking the time to stop by.
(If a blog falls on the internet and there’s no one there to hear it, did it make a noise?)
I sincerely appreciate all who stop and spend precious time in their day with us at Playtime and Party.
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