Saturday blessings all around.
In the US we are preparing for our national Thanksgiving holiday, which commemorates the survival of the earliest immigrants, aka pilgrims, and the help they received from the nationals, aka Native American Indians, back in the sixteenth century.
Hmmm… I could go several ways with this.
I'm choosing gratitude for the abundant blessings in my life:
- My faith
- My family
- My friends
- My home
- Food to eat
- Clothes to wear
- My warm bed
- My education
- My world travels
- Indoor plumbing
- Heating and cooling
- My new boundaries
- My work experiences
- My healers and carers
- My support community
- My abundant (!) creativity
- My business Abundance Art
- My immense personal healing
- The gift of helping others heal
- My love of connecting with others
- My love for the people of this world
- The sense of solidarity I experience day after day
- My cats!
Quite simple, really. So much for which to be thankful. In fact, compared to the rest of the world's population, I am in the absolute minority with all these blessings. The majority of the people of this world do NOT have what I have, or even a fraction of it. And many of them are happier than many of the people I know who have as much or more than I have.
In Nepal, I became friends with a generous hearted woman who had no shoes.
In the Jordanian desert, I was greeted by Bedouins, sharing their bread with me.
In India, I saw families living on the street. Offering me heartfelt thanks for a bit of food.
In Costa Rica, I fed children their meal of rice and plantains, their smiles warming my heart.
In the Sahara desert, I watched children play, unaware that they did not have the latest video games.
I could go on...
Today I am especially thankful for the blessing of meeting - via Skype - Jodi and John Powell, founders of LifeGrid Magazine. In Jodi's words, "We are dedicated to creating a space that you feel comfortable expressing your inner soul." Wow! How very counter-cultural. And wonderful. Thank you John and Jodi for accepting me as an author.
Everyone else - you can read my first article "Really Letting the World In" here.
My wish this week is that the people of the world could experience the love the world has to offer.
For that, I would be incredibly thankful.