Gratitude Thanksgiving Day

Tis the calendar season of gratitude…

Hats off and thanks to the pilgrims for having the courage to set sail into the unknown and begin a new life here in North America!  Upon seeing the untouched abundance of the new world, they celebrated heartily and gratefully with a grand feast.  Wonder what those pilgrims would say now, if they could see how the abundance of that time multiplied exponentially.

Today we live in a different world, but always in a constant state of abundance nonetheless; we no longer have to wait to be awed by it.  In fact, we have to step back and consciously notice it.  Abundance abounds everywhere we are, from the very moment our eyelids open.  For many it is the material view of all the things that we have been able to acquire:  homes, conveniences, cars, furnishings, wealth.

In addition, there are the rich, non-tangible blessings in our hearts for families and dear friends that we are privileged to have in our lives.  Let’s not forget to mention those that are present in our lives who may feel like thorns in our side, yet honor them as true roses; serving as messengers of something we need to work through or learn.

Yes, the attitude of gratitude is a matter of perception and recognition, one that precedes the material expression.  Today we have a clearer understanding of our capability to create and bring into our reality what we are ‘already thankful for’, in lieu of just hoping and praying for it.  We have the unique blessing of knowing just how life’s laws work to create and increase our abundance and prosperity.

Truth be told, it is Thanksgiving everyday with an attitude of gratitude, living in state or spirit of thanks and appreciation.  Doing so enables us to minimize many of the daily stresses, making it more difficult to take for granted all of the bounty that surrounds us all, regardless of income status. 

Recently my furnace broke down and I am so much more appreciative of my furnace, the heating repairman, the extra blankets, and the fact that the oven is at least working.  I sat for 3 days in front of an open oven at 400 degrees, while we waited for the part to restore our level of comfort.  Somehow I don’t think the pilgrims had that comfort.  Then again, they did have the bounty of the forest for fresh timber and warm fire.

It’s all relative.  Gratitude Thanksgiving Day

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Judy Blake is a Professional Life Coach, Educator, Mentor, and Speaker who is passionate about empowering others to consciously create fuller, more purposeful, more meaningful lives. Judy believes that it is never too late, you are never too old; there is no condition that cannot be overcome to be that person to design the life you want. JudyBlake.com

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Father's Day

For the many fathers who are active parents involved in the lives of your children imparting words of wisdom and genuine love, I salute you. HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!  And for the many blessed children of active fathers, I congratulate you, as it allows you to live and love wholly, enabling one to more likely attract and choose future partners capable of being loving in return.  You have much to be grateful for.

But what about the ‘fatherless’ on Father’s Day for whom there is no Hallmark card.

In death, there is loss and grief and the lingering sadness that Dad is gone from this life forever.  Grief is individual, yet what has once been shared while together remains within you and your heart.  I believe that those that physically leave us are assuredly with us in spirit.  Another opportunity for gratitude! Honoring Dad is still available, perhaps by enjoying a favorite food while relishing the memory, attend an event, or visit a place that you had experienced together that may have meant a lot to him, enabling you to reflect and to feel his presence and warm smile.

Then there are the ‘fatherless’; those with absentee fathers, or those that are MIA, creating a sense of loss and heartache.  How can we feel grateful if feeing abandoned, hurt, or emotionally scarred?  There is indeed a gift in this.  By your very birth alone, you were blessed with LIFE!  You have had a father, even if he failed to meet responsibilities or approval; he was, in part, responsible for your very creation of life and thus your presence in this abundant world.

Unintentionally, he likely bestowed on you the gift of self-reliance, your ability to overcome life’s challenges.  In addition to being grateful, there is an opportunity for forgiveness that which frees you, not him, of the pain that may potentially interfere in the flow of your life.  Regardless of the circumstances, there is the available choice to make a conscious decision as to how to live life differently.

Father’s Day is a day of honoring, but equally important, a day of gratitude and forgiveness, necessities for your happiness.  Let’s not forget that it may be also be a day to recognize many Moms, who were often pinch-hitting for Dad.

Happy Father’s Day to the Father in your Life!

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Judy Blake is a Professional Life Coach, Educator, Mentor, and Speaker who is passionate about empowering others to consciously create fuller, more purposeful, more meaningful lives. Judy believes that it is never too late, you are never too old; there is no condition that cannot be overcome to be that person to design the life you want. JudyBlake.com

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