To genuinely acknowledge gratitude is a deeper and more profound experience than to simply say “thank you”. Specifically focusing on what you are grateful for each day is healing and grounding. It creates a loving connection between your inside self and your outside self. It warms me up to start the day and offers me a coming full circle at end of day. Clo hits the floor running the minute her eyes open in the morning. It totally amazes me. I pull the comforter over my head and burrow deeper into the warmth trying to retrieve the dream world again.
Holidays tend to bring families together, whether they like it or not! Turning challenging family gatherings into a positive experience does not necessarily have to be difficult. Through good times or bad, happy or not so happy, families want something from each other. I think most all of us long to belong to something greater than just self, partner and children. The extended family helps create memories, gives a sense of back up and a hopeful place to go when life hits hard. Most of us tend to hope holidays will be a time of coming together in unity and love. Many family celebrations are created around the sharing of food. Good food and good drink can facilitate tricky family situations. Of course, the opposite can be true as well: drink allows for behaviours and words best not used to find their way into the conversation and it can become almost fatal in some cases. I find it interesting to observe the behaviour of people who come together to celebrate and create memories. I dream their stories. Some stories I know and some I make up.