Wow, it’s Thanksgiving. This holiday season is already upon us, and soon it will be a whirlwind of get-togethers, parties, recitals, and life. But as I sit here and pause for a moment, I have a sense of peace about me that I don’t know if I’ve ever felt before. And that’s pretty cool. I don’t know if it’s the gratitude talking or what, but life is pretty damn good.
I’ve talked about gratitude before and I’ll talk about it again because, for me, it is the first step in dealing with life on life’s terms. Gratitude is something that I embrace from the moment I wake up and it is my goal to carry that gratitude all day long. Because when I’m thankful for the little things in my life, the everyday and ordinary things, it gives me an awareness of how fragile life really is. With this comes the realization of how quickly things can change. One decision can totally change the course of your entire life.
Think about that. One decision. Left or right. Speed up or slow down. Yes or no.
And it’s not just about the decisions you make. It’s about the decisions those around you make.
Life. It’s fragile.
So what does that mean? I think that it means that we should be more conscious of how we spend our time. I think that the whole point of this mindfulness thing that we keep talking about is really, at its heart, simply being more aware of the things you do every day. And there are so many things that we do that are routine, even automatic, that we simply do. But these routine and even repetitive things are your life. And by just getting through these everyday tasks and actions we not experiencing life. We’re just doing.
So there you go. Gratitude and food and mindfulness and awareness. Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!