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FENSKE: Feast on gratitude this holiday season

Catherine Fenske
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Catherine Fenske
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“It is literally true, as the thankless say, that they have nothing to be thankful for. He who sits by the fire, thankless for the fire, is just as if he had no fire. Nothing is possessed save in appreciation, of which thankfulness is the indispensable ingredient. But a thankful heart hath a continued feast.” — W.J. Cameron

With the Thanksgiving holiday coming up next week, now is a perfect time to start reflecting on all the people and things you are thankful for if you haven’t done so already. You can always find something to be grateful for and it is my hope Thanksgiving is not the only time you give thanks for the blessings in your life.

In the words of Michael Josephson, “The world has enough beautiful mountains and meadows, spectacular skies and serene lakes. It has enough lush forests, flowered fields and sandy beaches. It has plenty of stars and the promise of a new sunrise and sunset every day. What the world needs more of is people to appreciate and enjoy it.”

As humans we sometimes have a tendency for taking things for granted, not even noticing the blessings and grace that are in our field. We look beyond and over the beauty and miracles that surround us. It’s as if we go about our days with blinders on and therefore find nothing to be thankful or grateful for even when it is staring us right in the face. “He who sits by the fire, thankless for the fire, is just as if he has no fire.”

If you are someone who takes things for granted or finds nothing to be thankful for, may I offer a challenge to you? I challenge you to take five minutes in nature and let go of any thoughts or concerns you have for that five minutes. Open up to your senses and just allow nature to be with you. Smell, listen, touch, see, hear and feel what is going on around you. See if you can open your heart to the majesty and mystery of life. If you can sense gratitude for what you are experiencing in that five minutes, it will unlock the fullness of life for you.

Gratitude will transform a lifeless, limited life into one of possibility and magic. It will open doors that have been closed for a long time and turn confusion in clarity. It will turn your life into a “continual feast.” When you can be thankful for even unknown blessings or blessings that any challenges bring, your feast will be satiable indeed! Your heart will be full of gratitude and wonder.

So as Thanksgiving Day draws ever so near, with outstretched arms give thanks from your heart with all the feeling of gratitude you can muster. Be thankful for the beating of that heart and for the mind and intelligence that beats it. Be thankful for the spirit within you that breathes your lungs and is alive in you. Be thankful for the grace and beauty in your life and for the eyes and awareness to see it and recognize it. Be thankful for all of life and the opportunity to be here and participate in it and all its glory.

Happy Thanksgiving to all. I am grateful and thankful for all of you.

“For each morning with its light,

For rest and shelter of the night.

For health and food, for love and friends,

For everything Thy goodness sends.”

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Catherine Fenske is the owner of Live With Intention Coaching. She is spiritual counselor/teacher, certified life coach, Reiki master/teacher. Catherine can be reached at 970-640-6987 or email at catherine@livewithintentioncoaching.com. Visit http://www.livewithintentioncoaching.com or her blog at http://fromblocked2bliss.wordpress.com.


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