Like most Thanksgiving gatherings, we set aside time at the dinner table for everyone to go around and say what they are grateful for. It is a beautiful tradition, and I revel in everyone’s acknowledgments of the blessings in their lives. They range from the simple but telling (“I am grateful for ‘Curb Your Enthusiam’!”) from one who needed to laugh in the face of daunting circumstances, to the analytical (“I survived the bear market”), but all are always heartfelt and therefore, very touching. Gratitude is the straightest point to the present moment, and that is where we should strive to be most of the time.
My sister-in-law’s really got me this year. She holds her emotions close, and to see her get a little choked up as she felt thankful for the healthy son they have in their lives for the past 14 months, by explaining her awe and joy at the balance of support and room to grow she has felt by all of us, made my heart bust open even more. I thought she hit the note perfectly with a complete understanding of sharing and giving, and most of all, love.
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