Be thankful AND giving





Canada celebrated its Thanksgiving Day just this past week in October.  We celebrate our day of thanks one month before our American neighbors to the south. 




I've also referenced gratitude and such n such on my other blog: MeanderingsABOUT .... learning to live in the moment means we should be thankful every day.  I'm a newbie student adopter of #mindfulness.  Whew, so much to learn.  

Looking for something that appeals to my creative senses and matches my quest for finding #bestofeverything .  I've tried to get people to start using the hashtag so that they and everyone really has one central hashtag that is used by the populace, not guided to promote their own self-serving results.  Who does that anyhow?

Upon this Thanksgiving Season, be thoughtful while you are being thankful.  Who can you reach out to and make their day, showing them you are thankful for that special person in your life, whether a boss, grandparent, parent, child or cousin, best friend, spouse, partner, friend, advocate.  I hope you get my point:  it is easy to find people to be thankful TO or FOR.  Keeping in mind on this current chapter of Mindfulness to me:  being thankful in the present moment, with a goal of only looking for the situation, person, event, reading, listening, vision gifts you have been bestowed upon.  Lucky me.  Lucky you.



I had a odd combined with awkward conversation with my 81 year old mother.  She's sounding her age.  Fear is starting to overwhelm me.  What will I do if she goes?  Then, trying to incorporate the discipline of mindfulness, I am centered on what I can do this precise moment reaching out to her, instead of wasting it on past tense.  That is gone.  If you are like me, you have agonized or evaluated what you could have done different.  Mindfulness is about let that go, it is gone, in the wind, lifted into the clouds and dissipating.  

I hope you take time to not only give "thanks" ... but also pause to demonstrate more "giving" .


Best Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is here, so our minds have turned
To what time has taught us, to what we've learned:
We often focus all our thought
On shiny things we've shopped and bought.
We take our pleasure in material things,
Forgetting the pleasure that friendship brings.
If a lot of our stuff just vanished today,
We'd see the foundation of each happy day
Is special relationships, constant and true,
And that's when our thoughts go directly to you.
We wish you a Thanksgiving you'll never forget,
Full of love and joy—your best one yet!

By Joanna Fuchs


Next up, for us, is Halloween.    It should be fun to scour the web for the best of the #bestofeverything on poetry, whether living or past, published online or traditional mediums, mostly books, rarely magazines relating to ghosts, spookiness, witches and goblins.

If you think of a poem everyone might like, comment here or tweet at me @optioneerJM or PLUS me +JeannetteMarshall ..... and if it passes the "MOM" test (non destructive, violent, porn, inappropriate, bullying, meanness etc. etcetera etc.


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