When I was a young adult in my early 20’s, having recently started out on my own path, my minimalistic values were a lot like they are now. I knew that I found peace in owning less, and experiencing more. Every purchase I made had hours of work behind them, and hours of care for the item ahead of them. I’m only telling you this to highlight the significance of me buying two items (in the story I’m about to tell,) when I only really needed one.
I was at a sporting goods store in southern Sweden, looking for a cooler bag for some hiking adventures, I had planned for that summer. My eyes was drawn to some medium sized, cooler bags, made out of a soft material, that would fit easily into my hiking backpack. There was two designs, I so wish that I had some photos, but I’m afraid they are long gone by now. One of the designs said I am GRATEFUL. The other design said I am THANKFUL. I decided to splurge, and purchased both. For many years to come they were conversation starters, and enjoyed by several of my friends.
Each time I took one out to use, it reminded me about how blessed I am. No matter where I was on the roller coaster ride that life often takes us on, especially as young adults. I was reminded of how much I have to be thankful for, to be grateful for. I did not grow up celebrating Thanksgiving, since I did not grow up in the US, but I did grow up feeling thankful. Having the importance of this message imprinted from birth by my mother. She was a wonderful role model, and example when it comes to showing gratitude in every aspect of life. That is one of the things I am thankful for today. I know that if it hadn’t been for her consistent expressed gratitude, my thought patterns had been very different from the way they are now. If you have children, how do you instill an attitude of gratitude in them? This is something I spend a lot of time thinking about, when it comes to my own daughter. I’d love to hear your thoughts!
What are you grateful for this Thanksgiving 2018?
I read a statement written by one of my friends on Facebook this morning. She said that she had never been this thankful ever, like she is now. And I know she means it. She just lost everything she had, her business, job, and her ranch in one of the fires in northern California, but she still has all her loved ones. On top of that her friends came together and raised nearly 20k to help them out these first months. My friend says that she can feel the love that surrounds her.
I’m especially thankful for all the love that surrounds me this Thanksgiving. That includes you! …and after the holidays it will include my daughter living with me full time again. I am eternally grateful for that blessing! So much have happened since Thanksgiving last year, it feels like at least ten lifetimes. I spent last Thanksgiving on the top of a mountain. This Thanksgiving will be spent in the middle of the city. The only thing constant in life is change. It took me a while to fully understand that.