Gratitude in All Times

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough, and more.
–Melody Beattie

We had a cool and drizzly stay in Paris, but there were no explosions while we were there. Learning about Friday’s attacks as we were cruising up the Rhine left me with a feeling of having dodged a bullet I didn’t even know was there. And isn’t that the way it usually is? You learn about someone’s illness. Your own puzzling but apparently trifling symptom turns own to be Significant. The crisis you feared evaporates, only to be replaced by something entirely unexpected.

dreamstime_xs_46527389When any of these things happen, we become more aware of all that we DO have. Why are we not more aware and grateful all the time? Because we are human, I suppose. Still I feel compelled toward simplicity these days.

May you notice, appreciate, and enjoy the treasures which surround you.

I have two suggestions for this season:

  • If you have a chance to see Babette’s Feast this season, do! Do not view her action as a challenge for your menu or table next week, but as a grand gesture of grace and gratitude.
  • I suggest that you read through this Thanksgiving Reader and perhaps even adapt it to your own celebration of our national holiday. I include an excerpt from the Reader below. Read through it slowly, imagining particular details which substantiate each transformation.

May you have a wonderful holiday!

dreamstime_xs_33185307Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.

It turns what we have into enough, and more.

It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.

It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. It turns problems into gifts, failures into successes, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events.

It can turn an existence into a real life, and disconnected situations into important and beneficial lessons. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.

–Melody Beattie

Boundaries divide. Travel unites.

19 November 2015

About Travel Unites

A travel agent since 1994, I want people to get together for greater understanding across boundaries.
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