Friday, November 20, 2009

Giving Thanks...

It's been a while since I blogged...but after an experience like a weekend with Wayne Dyer, a little time to digest all that great information and inspiration was in order. Now I am ready to blog about giving thanks.

Can you believe it's almost Thanksgiving? This time of year always seems too fly. When September is over, I feel like it's Christmas already...it seems to go that fast. And I hate to admit that I am already listening to Christmas music.

Halloween was fun, although the annual party my husband and I go to was on the weekend I was in Maui unfortunately, so we spent Halloween night with my mom to help her hand out candy to the kids...none of which ever showed up. Which means that I had to eat the candy myself...good thing I bought something I like ;)

Now November is upon us and the weather is turning cold. (For many native Californians, mildly cold weather feels freezing...anything under 70 degrees sends some of us in search of a warm coat). Although I love the heat, I have embraced the fall and am enjoying my coats, boots and scarves once again. Time for hot chocolate and eggnog!

I wonder how many people actually do take the time to think about what they are thankful for this time of year. We have so many blessings that we take for granted...like the fact that we are alive and breathing, most of us have nice homes, clothes to wear, plenty to eat, a car to drive , some money in the bank...but often we complain about the quality or condition of these blessings or we complain about what we do not have.

We are most blessed by the people in our lives. It doesn't matter who it is that you love and appreciate, just as long as you realize how fortunate you are to have these loved ones in your life. Wayne Dyer once said, "Friends are nature's way of apologizing for your family". If this is the case for you, treasure your extended family of friends and tell them how much they mean to you.

I just watched "The Wizard of Oz" last weekend for the first time in years (since that whole thing about watching the movie with Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" about 12 years ago). One of the lines really hit me like it never had before - when the Wizard gives the Tin Man his long-awaited heart he tells him, "A heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others." How true.

Give some thought to what and who are you are thankful for this year. Tell the people you love what they mean to you and how much you appreciate them. Love and appreciate yourself. And have a very happy Thanksgiving!

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