Happy almost turkey day, everyone!
I follow this mindfulness guru named Jack Kornfield, and subscribe to his semi-regular newsletter. I have to confess that I don’t always read them, but being that it’s a holiday week, the title caught my eye: Gratitude and Abundance.
Now, it’s strange, but my mind instantly envisioned a cornucopia, or “horn of plenty”. For those of you who may not know, a cornucopia is an object shaped like a goat’s horn, usually overflowing with the bounty of a harvest: fruits, nuts, etc. It’s a symbol of abundance and good fortune, and is commonly seen today as that weird-looking wicker centerpiece at many Thanksgivings, like the one below:
Weird historical flex, but ok. What I’m meaning to get at is that I started to think about what that meant in my life. If I had my own metaphorical horn of plenty, what would I fill it with?
Here are a few of the things I’m grateful for (in no particular order).
My Family & Friends
Life is one of those things that takes you to the highest highs, but the lowest possible lows as well. Even when the chips are down, I can rely on my support network to keep my spirits up and my thoughts towards a future filled with possibilities.
I’m thankful that my circle of friends has grown smaller (in the best way), and that I am starting to nourish the bonds of friendship that will sustain me for the rest of my life. I’m thankful for my family, who were once far-flung, for starting to move back closer together and enjoy the holiday traditions we were once to too scattered across the country to celebrate with one another.
I’ve described my job at a thriving digital marketing firm before, but I suppose in a variety of different contexts (see my most recent post about stress). However hectic things get, and however I feel compelled to achieve perfection, sometimes to my own detriment, I must express thanks for the sheer opportunity.
I’m thankful that I have steady, full time work. Beyond that, I’m thankful that what I do has meaning to me, that I feel challenged and rewarded and motivated to excel. I’m thankful to work with equally bright, inquisitive minds, even if they bring out my competitive side sometimes. I’m excited to see what my future holds here.
In December, Mike and I will have been dating for three and a half years. It’s the longest relationship either of us has ever had, me by far. I used to never feel comfortable with the idea of being with someone like that, of having someone that knew you well enough to see your flaws, hold you accountable, and push you to be better than you are.
I know now that a partner is all those things, but they are also a best friend, a diehard supporter, and provide a healing, unconditional love. I’m thankful to be grown enough to know that I have exactly what I have, and to understand how rare of an occurrence it is. I’m thankful to have someone in my life that I can make plans with.
No, not last New Years’. (lord knows, those lasted all of 2 days). When I resolved this past spring to live more mindfully, more healthily, and more positively, I will admit that I was also a little skeptical. I had lived in a vacuum of endless discontent, self-defeatism, and unhappiness for so long, it was hard to believe that I had the power to make myself happy. As it turns out, I had the tools with me the whole time, I just had to put them to consistent use.
I’m thankful that I make it a point to practice self love, that I am trying to take it easy on myself. I’m thankful for the steps I’ve taken to live a healthier life, and for the times I slip knowing that it’s okay to be flawsomely imperfect. I’m thankful that the road hasn’t turned off here, and that I can see myself continuing in this way for months and years to come. Sure, it’s uphill but that’s part of the battle!
I’m happy to say that this is going to be one of the most meaningful, happy holidays yet. And I want to say one last affirmation of thanks to the blog and to those of you who stumble upon it from time to time: it’s difficult to stick to one thing and write weekly, but even the weeks I miss a post here and there, I feel so much better knowing I have the blog to use as a learning experience, a forum for discussion, and more!
Keep it real,