For all we've endured this past year, perhaps we can give pause to be thankful. Thankful for those friends and family that help make our lives the kaleidoscope of passion, laughter, and caring we live for.
Each Christmas season there is a sense that giving to others is the real present underneath the tree. No matter what age, the binding together of family and friends is heightened during this magical season. If prayers for peace and the cleansing of social and political wounds can be healed, this is the season to forgive and forget.
Beyond all of that I see the beauty of nature from the perspective of an artist. Santa, elves, reindeer, angels, and every other representation of Christmas takes us to moments in time we will never forget. These thoughts painted on a canvas we hold so dear are etched in our memory unfolding one of the greatest gifts we have to protect, the joy within, while stimulating our senses to create.
This transcendent experience melts from the season of giving, to the hope that the coming year will bring with it the strength to overcome the obstacles that will lead us to our goals and dreams. The sense of exploration through travel, the books we read, or the people we meet can best be explained through living our lives to the fullest.
Don't ever give up on learning about things you've always wanted to do. Within that realm we can create possibilities that brings perspective to understand how thankful we should be for this moment in time. Your body doesn't live in the past, why should your mind?
If its a new recipe, writing a poem, building a table, painting a picture, or whatever can stimulate your creativity (which brings out the best in all of us) to expand the horizons beyond ourself... then that truly will bring us to a point where we surrender to being thankful for all we have, all we know, and all we contribute to those we love and care about, including ourselves.
Just think for a moment about the future and what it could look like if we completely, without question, believed in ourselves. And to kick thankfulness up a notch, we have
gratitude. Here is a poem about Gratitude by Melody Beattie:
"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. "
Perhaps the vision you see is the purpose you wish to create a space where thankfulness for whom you are is enough. May the peacefulness we seek become the mantra we believe where in that one moment in time we produce a random act of kindness that makes others thankful for what we did and whom we are.
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