Giving Thanks

Friday, 10 October 2014

If Halloween is the best day of the year (see last week’s blog post), then Thanksgiving is the second best. October is a really excellent month.

Thanksgiving is like Christmas but without the stress of an overly packed schedule, over spending, over celebrating and a general overload of just about everything. Thanksgiving is to Christmas as Jennifer is to Angelina. Less drama. I love the simple focus on food and togetherness. And I’ll be happy for an excuse to barricade myself in the kitchen this weekend, surrendering to an unrealistic list of recipes while negotiating with a 20 pound bird to stay moist.

This year I will give thanks for my ever tightening circle of loved ones, my darling pooch Lola with whom I fall more in love every day, the most amazing summer weather Vancouver ever saw, the fact that after years of effort I can climb the Grouse Grind in 44 minutes, being born in Canada and having reached a point in life where I know what I like, what I think and I don’t care if you agree. And as I have for the past five years, I will give thanks to my Dad for the time he was here. (Brain cancer f-ing sucks.)

If you’re looking for ways to show your gratitude to the universe this Thanksgiving , start by simply being mindful of it. I try to keep a habit of taking a deep breath of fresh air and using it as my moment to give a dedicated thought of positivity.  I do it in the morning and it improves my entire day. Try paying a compliment where one is due. Telling someone they look fabulous or did a good job is a form of giving thanks and you get extra points if you do it in front of others or on social media. And in this digital universe, sending a handwritten note of thanks packs more punch than ever.

It’s so easy to forget to be thankful. I have to constantly remind myself to not get caught up in what’s not quite right. But a terrible thing happened last week which has recalibrated my thinking: Out of the blue, a friend of mine lost her son. He was just 18 and died suddenly and unexpectedly in his sleep. Just like that, he was gone. Makes you think, doesn’t it?

May your heart be full this weekend. Same goes for your plate.  Happy Thanksgiving one and all.


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