"Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to let you in."

-- Robert Frost

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

happy thanksgiving ... now STOP and FEEL

Week before last, my neighbors put Christmas lights on their trees. They are beautiful and I couldn't blame them. The holiday onslaught looms even though most of western humanity had yet to think about pie choices or turkey purchases.

I'd be lying if I said I hadn't already given my own half a thought to greeting cards, gift giving and holiday calendar events. It's inevitable. It can't be helped. We plan. We prepare. We often find ourselves living internally, somewhere in the future.

Before the turkey timer pops, we may already be weighing the stacks of dishes to be done. Prior to guest arrivals, we may be mentally planning the evening's entertainment. While family mingles, we may be thinking of tomorrow's activities and necessities. When loved ones share, our thoughts wander to how we will respond.

There's nothing wrong with that but I'll bet, unless one has a time machine, the future is a place where most of us have very little influence. No more power in the unknown of what is to come than capability to change the happenings of the past.

Only within the very minute of time in which we reside, do any of us have the ability to do or be or become.

So in this moment here and now ... STOP and FEEL.

Wake up. Be aware. Look around. Pay attention. Be present. Take note.

Let the the beauty of the world around you gladden your heart. Feel it and the renewal of positive energy will bridge all things.

That's gratitude.

Not just today ... but every day ... and in every minute of it.

This favorite quote by author Melody Beattie brings our timeline of existence full circle:

"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."

Can't predict the future. Cannot change the past. It will come and it will go. So love right now.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours as you embrace every good thing that this very minute has to offer.  Now STOP and FEEL it.

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