Gifts of Gratitude for You on Thanksgiving Weekend 2017
I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration and spent some uplifting time with your family and friends.
My husband Sharbel and I and our dog Harry spent a lovely, quiet Thanksgiving together in San Marcos, CA, where we have been experiencing some of the warmest temperatures on record. We even had to put our air conditioner on!
We enjoyed this delicious chocolate ganache cake the day after Thanksgiving. Photo by Donna El Haber, 2017. All rights reserved.
We ordered a delicious organic Thanksgiving dinner from Whole Foods. My husband, a member of what I call the “Sugar Police,” even gave the okay to buy a fabulous chocolate ganache cake at Whole Foods for our dessert. We were so full that we couldn’t even eat it on Thanksgiving, but enjoyed it greatly the next morning following breakfast.
From Beirut, Lebanon, my husband really loves Thanksgiving and its traditions. This year marks our sixth Thanksgiving together. Time is surely flying by. We recalled when he arrived in New Jersey for the second of his five visits before he moved to the United States to marry me. We celebrated our first Thanksgiving together in November of 2012. I cooked a delicious turkey and he carved it so beautifully. We were so grateful to be together again.
Here is my husband Sharbel preparing some roasted vegetables for our second Thanksgiving in San Diego in 2016. Photo by Donna El Haber, 2016. All rights reserved.
Thanksgiving is about being thankful for all the grace and abundance in our lives. Gratitude always shifts us to a higher vibration, opening the heart to experience even more gratitude and grace.
The poet John Milton wrote: “Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.”
The poet Rumi wrote: “Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life.” He also wrote: “Giving thanks for abundance is greater than the abundance itself.”
A Message to Be Alert to Our Blessings
In Blessings: Prayers and Devotions for a Heartful Life, Julia Cameron writes in an excerpt from her book called “I Am Alert to My Blessings”:
I open my eyes, ears, and heart to the goodness all around me. Rather than focus on grandiose moments of dramatic change, I focus instead on the slight, steady, constant flow of improvement in my life. In every circumstance, in each encounter, I tabulate a small, hidden blessing. I allow God to guide me into new eyes, clearer vision, the insight necessary to count and encounter my abundance. My desire to see my abundant blessings gives me eyes to see. My desire to hear my blessings gives me ears to hear. The desire of my heart to encounter and explore my blessings opens my inner horizons to depths and heights which are expansive, inspiring, and beautiful. I bless the alert attention which connects me to this world.