• Marla Brooks

A Time To Give Thanks

I’m going to keep this short and sweet. It’s been a rough year for many. The recent presidential election has spun us around like a centrifuge and spit us out in all different directions. People have lost loved ones, lost jobs, lost hope and lost faith. Prayers went unanswered, dreams didn’t pan out, and the usual pesky mundane issues never seem to go away. But here’s the thing. Whether we feel anger, despair, sadness or disdain, the key word here is FEEL.

As long as we can feel, we have something to be thankful for. Those that cannot feel anymore are on the other side and as much as I miss the people I loved and cared about, I prefer be here "feeling," rather than joining them, looking down on the living and shaking my head at all those who don’t realize that for every one of those negative feelings they are experiencing, there is a positive counterpart.

The problem is, when we are down, we don’t feel like counting our blessings. Wallowing in misery seems to take less effort. We are all guilty of that to some degree from time to time. It’s difficult to let go of disappointment and sadness and I don't see anything wrong with taking the time to mourn what befalls us. But understand that we can still count our blessings. It doesn’t matter how insignificant those blessings seem to be compared to that black cloud we’re sitting under. They are equally important.

Feelings, both good and bad, are part of our life's path. There can’t be good without bad or light without dark. It’s the duality we live with every day. Pay attention to those negative feelings and figure out what they reveal to you, then take a deep breath and switch gears. Look for the positive, acknowledge it and embrace the good feelings that come with it. This time of year, we are reminded to be thankful for what we have. There is always room for more in our lives, but as many of us know, we can also have less.

Try and embrace the goodness of the season. And if you still can't think of anything to be happy about, just keep this mind: I could have made this a whole lot longer!

Thanksgiving Blessings to you all.

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