Catherine Fenske, Ph.D.

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FENSKE: Open up to a grateful heart

"Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow." - Edward Sandford Martin

While the Thanksgiving holiday is a time for family gatherings, feasting and storytelling, let us not forget the underlying reason for celebrating. We celebrate on Thanksgiving Day because we are grateful for family, grateful for all of the savory food set at the table, grateful for all of our blessings, grateful that we can all share in abundance for that day.

But gratitude goes way beyond the one day a year we dedicate to Thanksgiving. As we open up to the grateful heart, we begin to feel the power of gratitude and thanksgiving in every opportunity we become aware of. We feel and express our gratitude in the beautiful sunsets that are wrapped with clouds like the wings of angels; we feel overwhelming gratitude at the sight of a newborn baby, so perfect in every way; tears of gratitude well up in our eyes when we are loved; we get goose bumps (or as I like to call them, God bumps) sometimes when we witness something in nature that is awe-inspiring.

Every moment that we keep our eyes and hearts open is a portal to thanksgiving and gratitude. Looking to the night sky and seeing the vast universe of millions of stars, the planets, grandmother moon, and sometimes galaxies drops us into the heart of awe, beauty and gratitude. There is never a shortage of mysteries and opportunities to bring us to our hearts in gratitude if we allow them into our vision and see through the eyes of thanksgiving.

Yes, Thanksgiving Day and the days leading up to it and even beyond are a time for celebration. As we welcome our families with open arms and long hugs after miles of travel to share in this holiday, it is a time for celebration. As we gather to share love, fun, good cheer, stories, wonderful food, games and laughter, it is a welcome celebratory time. As the aroma of home cooking fills the air and teases our senses with anticipatory tastes and flavors, it is a time for celebration. And even as we say goodbye it is a time to celebrate for the time we have been given to be with one another.

Let us celebrate this Thanksgiving holiday as it heralds in the long season of many celebrations and family gatherings. And let us be grateful for the many blessings that have been bestowed on us throughout the year. Let us share in our bounty together.

Most importantly, let us remember that Thanksgiving Day can be every day if the heart allows it. Open up your heart and eyes to the miracles around you in every moment. This week I encourage you to put your attention and intention on opportunities for gratitude and thanksgiving. I am so grateful for you, my readers, and I wish you a blessed and joyous Thanksgiving Holiday!

"Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart." - Seneca

Catherine Fenske, Ph.D. (c), is the owner of Live With Intention Coaching. She is a certified life coach and spiritual counselor. She is also a Reiki Master/teacher. Catherine can be reached at 505-795-7779 or at Go to or visit her blog at to learn more about her.

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