We get so caught up in what we are doing or what we need to do or what we didn’t do, that we can forget to be thankful for what we have in our lives. We sometimes confuse our wants for our needs. I need an iPad… I need a new dress for the party. Are these really needs? Could we get along with the computer we already have? Could we repurpose a dress from our closet to wear to this one night event? I was on the GAAD and went an entire year without buying clothes. That’s when I realized how much stuff was in my closet that I never wore and quite frankly didn’t even know I owned!
Sometimes we want, desire or crave things in our lives and that’s OK. It’s good to want, desire and crave. That’s what keeps us going, something to look forward to, something to strive for. Craving can be an important feeling for us to have in our lives. I think, however, its more important to realize what you already have and to be thankful for that! We should take a step back and look and the differences between our wants and our needs and realize that what we have, may be enough for us.
Joni Mitchell says “don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got ’till it’s gone?” And how true is that? When we whine and moan about what we don’t have, it’s really just taking away from what we do have. Most of us have a nice, clean and safe home to live in. Most of us have food on the table and clean clothing to wear each day. Isn’t this what we should reflect on, be grateful for and give thanks for?
It’s nice that we reflect each year at this time and think of all that we have to be thankful for, but wouldn’t it be better for us, for our families for the universe if we stopped and made that reflection on a daily basis? Giving thanks everyday for what we have is part of our growing process.
I hope at this time of the year and for the entire year each and every one of you is able to look inside yourself and realize all that you have to be thankful for and take the opportunity each and every day to be thankful. I wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving.