The word gratitude is having its day. We are constantly being reminded to be grateful for what we have and to keep a gratitude journal.
Today many of us went around the Thanksgiving table, sharing what we give thanks for.
As the saying goes, some happy people are grateful, but all grateful people are happy.
And it's all true! Gratitude works..
I wanted to tell you how grateful I am for you all of you, for your support of the Gathering.
When I began doing my Gatherings online at the beginning of the pandemic I wasn't sure how it would go. I have loved meditating with you on Sundays and sharing our experiences. Working with you individually and with your companies has been my honor and I look forward to continuing as we move into 2021.
I am grateful for all the people in my life who have been there for me during difficult times, particularly my friends.
"At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us."
Heed the advice of Albert Schweitzer and thank those people around you have have rekindled the spark within you.
I also give thanks to all the people who have brought me happiness, particularly my children. As Marcel Proust says, "Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom."
May we all have charming gardeners in our lives to nourish us and bring us happiness.
But, in addition to giving thanks, I want to thank the givers.
When I started The Gathering, my purpose was to nurture women who give constantly to others, often forgetting to care for themselves. I thank all of you givers, who extend yourselves every day to make sure everyone around you is fed, washed, clothed, educated, organized, happy and more...
Women are the unsung heroes of this pandemic, making sure that their work lives and home lives as well as the lives of those around you are all running smoothly, no matter the toll on your wellbeing.
To that end, this Sunday's Gathering will focus on you givers; making sure you are deeply appreciated and loved though an hour of meditation, reflection and sharing. You will leave calmer, clearer and more connected.
Remember to continue to practice gratitude because "when a person doesn't have gratitude, something is missing in his or her humanity." Elie Weisel.
I love you all and wish you all the very best on this very unusual Thanksgiving 2020! With love and light,