Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks

Posted by Susan V. Brewer in Balance 25 Oct 2014

It seems to be that time of year already the holidays have approached and they are here. Specifically in regards to Thanksgiving, it is known for being a time of being grateful for the things that we have in our lives. It is when we reflect on our friendships. It is a time when we connect with family members and friends and share special moments of love and gratitude. You may ask what is gratitude? Gratitude means thankfulness, counting your blessings, an appreciation of who and what you have in your life and being able to verbalize and express it in a way that says basically “Thank You”. There may be times in your life this past year that you have been struggling physically, emotionally and financially and are wondering how I can possibly be grateful and say thanks.

Gratitude comes from a spiritual place of knowing that no matter what life hands us good or bad there is a reason and a lesson to be learned from it. At some point in time we will come to realize what that is all about and say I am grateful for this experience whatever it may be. This is not an easy concept by any means to fully grasp at times and believe that there is any truth to it. All of our journeys in our life are ours and the paths we choose may be the same or different given the circumstances. So what works for one person may not work for someone else. What I do know is that when you have a more meaningful understanding of your life and what is happening all around you, you experience peace and harmony and balance in your life. All of this comes from a place of gratitude.

So maybe this year you will look at Thanksgiving a little differently and experience your surroundings with a new eye per say. For some the thought of sharing a meal with certain family members is not pleasant or comforting, but it is what they do or have to do or should do. So if that is your story look at what it is that you can offer to the table. Maybe you do not feel grateful for being there or with them but maybe your thanks is being who you are and what you are giving to them and you can feel grateful for that experience. Sometimes these experiences make us a stronger more compassionate person which is something to be grateful for.

All of us are blessed by our friends and families if we allow ourselves to be present and enjoy each other. There are plenty of things to be grateful for in our life if we can just look in front of us and around us and say,” My life is exactly as it supposed to be and I am grateful!” Do your best to let your friends, family and coworkers or whomever you come in contact with in the next month know that you are thankful to have them in your life, that because of them your life has more meaning and purpose. Give love, Give hope, Give support, Give encouragement but most of all Give Thanks!!

Susan V. Brewer

Susan V. Brewer is a Certified Life Coach and Psychotherapist in the Upper Bucks County Area.  She graduated in 1987 from Kutztown University with a BS in Criminal Justice and Sociology. She specializes in codependency, substance abuse, self-esteem and life transitions. Her belief is “that all persons are truly greater than they think they are.”

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