In many countries across the world, winter is the time of reflection, introspection, snuggling into home and hearth. It can be a time of deep rest. Stealing myself away from the din of the fast approaching Christmas season, I really wonder how much more do I need. Am I happy enough with what I have? A resounding yes, comes to mind. What more do I need?
Some years ago I decided to live my life in gratitude. Life has a way of changing a person who has done a lot of inner work; started truly listening, working through the baggage, reconciling mistakes, and coming out the other side humbly different. I found that living in gratitude has softened the world around me and its beauty more vibrant and joyous. Remembering the exact moment when I realized that the other shoe doesn't have to fall is ever vivid. In other words, not expecting something negative is going to happen because it hasn't happened in a while. What a revelation! Why not, you say? Because I shifted the paradigm to offering gratitude, every day.
While I'm not the first, nor the last, to come to this conclusion, I write about gratitude because of this particular time of year. I have everything I could ever want. Seems too altruistic in this consumer society, doesn't it. Even a little Pollyanna-ish. But when living in gratitude, the stresses of life seem to fall away. The wrinkles are smoothed out. Big problems are more easily managed. I can breathe.
So when someone asks, "What do you want for Christmas?", I invite you to take a breath, step back, and ask yourself, what do I really need. No, judgment if there is something material that you are wishing. But if there is a hesitation, a wondering, a pondering . . . then maybe there is enough. Maybe time with family (including pets) and friends in a precious quiet way is all that is needed. A little something to think about coming into the Christmas season.
May you find the blessings you are seeking.
Wishing you enough . . .
In Gratitude, Love and Grace
Thank you for a wonderful year. May you be blessed with much love, good health and deep happiness.
Reana Selody Joubert
Pondering, mulling, musing with pen in hand about animals or people, sometimes family or sometimes wild. Oh, and news & events, too.
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