To Thank + To Give

Well, I had certainly hoped to put together a more poignant, thorough post for Thanksgiving, but since it is already 3pm on Wednesday, I have resigned myself to the fact that it probably won't happen. Client design projects, interview questions and the baking of one of my favorite veggie dishes have taken precedence to a lengthy blog post. But instead of being frustrated and disappointed with myself, I realize that these are choices that I have made and that I would have things no other way.

We can all choose so many things in our lifetimes. How we want to feel. Who we want to be. What we want to do. Where we want to go. Who we want to be with. How we want to treat others...and ourselves. Something that I'm learning to understand is that we make choices in life based on either Love or Fear. When we choose something through Fear we are not making an authentic choice. We become influenced by something that doesn't represent our true self. And that can make us angry, bitter, stressed, anxious, etc.  However, when we come from a place of Love, we can then free ourselves from the burdens of inauthenticity. It can often be difficult to recognize just how many choices we have, and how many of the choices we make are based on Fear. So, this Thanksgiving, I have decided that I will give thanks for the gift of choice: the choice to live in Love, not Fear.

Happy Thanksgiving, all! Enjoy your day. Enjoy your friends and family. Enjoy yourselves.

“To educate yourself for the feeling of gratitude means to take nothing for granted, but to always seek out and value the kind that will stand behind the action. Nothing that is done for you is a matter of course. Everything originates in a will for the good, which is directed at you. Train yourself never to put off the word or action for the expression of gratitude.”
 -Albert Schweitzer