I’ve never been great at journaling. Perhaps it is because I’ve never considered myself as a writer. Or maybe because I am such a persistor-achiever personality, I don’t take the time to pause and reflect. Usually when I travel, I will at least journal my daily activities so that I can look back in a few years and recall exactly what I did.
During my most recent trip, I did a little of both. I found myself writing down the moments & writing down the reflections.
Today is Thanksgiving Day in the United States. A time to be with your family, friends, and loved ones. A time to reflect on all that you are thankful for. A time to be grateful for life changing experiences.
This year, more than any other year, I’ve had some life changing experiences. I’ve reframed how I see failures – they are important life events. I’ve gained an understanding about self-interest vs selfishness. I’ve learned that forgiving & loving yourself takes more courage that I thought I had; that doing the same for others is at times the most difficult thing to do yet the most grace-filled. I’ve learned how to be mindful in the moment and not always be looking forward with expectation. And I’ve remained hopeful that tomorrow will be better than today as long as you take one baby step in the direction of light & love instead of dwelling in the past or daydreaming in the future – all we have is today.
So today, on this Thanksgiving Day, I am thankful for my life, my family, friendships that have spanned (and weathered) decades, the experiences that brought me here, the happiness & the hardness, for grace that abounds in the midst of darkness, and mercies new each morning.