Lessons From Hanging On & Letting Go

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I tend to be a packrat, but lately, life has taught me that I need to let go to make room for new things. In recent times, I received the gift of a new wardrobe. It was unexpected but received with gratitude. The challenging part has been what to give away to make room for this blessing.

There are so many pieces in my wardrobe that I’ve had for years but have only worn once or twice. I’m sure these would have been of benefit to others if I had made the time to de-clutter, but it’s never too late, so this has been an ongoing process.

I’ve taken away the following from this experience:

  1. Don’t block other people’s blessings. If a gift is offered, accept it in the spirit in which it is given.
  2. Don’t be overwhelmed by the process of de-cluttering. Do it as time allows.
  3. Don’t hang on to stuff that’s not needed. If someone else can use it, part with the item.
  4. Appreciate the additional space that’s created in the home or environment.
  5. Be thankful that other people will be blessed by the overflow from your life.

What tips do you have for creating space or being a blessing? Do share.

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Gratitude isn’t just for Thanksgiving

The Oxford dictionary teaches us that gratitude is the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.

But gratitude is much more than that. Gratitude is a state of mind that we need to cultivate every day, an exercise that is essential to our mental and spiritual health. And it’s essential to our degree of happiness.

When we tend to complain that we don’t have enough money to buy a bigger house, to go on more holidays, to buy a more expensive car, we always need to remember how little others have. And even when it seems we have too little, we need to remember the good things that we have in our life, the things that really matter.

There is always something to be thankful for. Maybe you have a roof over your head, some food that you put on the table, a good relationship with your loved ones. Hopefully you have your health, which many times we take for granted, until we lose it, or a loved one does. Maybe you have a quiet nook where you can hide and read your favorite books, or recharge for an hour a day. Maybe you have a job that you don’t hate. Or children and grandchildren to be proud of.

There is always something to be thankful for. Your next breath is something to be thankful for. The sunlight caressing your skin. The senses that allow you to listen to lovely music, or smell a beautiful flower, or taste your favorite food.

The events that surround us lately, either close-by or in the news, showed us that many things we took for granted can be taken away from us in a heartbeat, sometimes with one person’s decision. It’s not fair, sometimes it’s not something we can control. But we can control our reactions to what’s going on around us and inside of us. We can cultivate gratitude and kindness, toward ourselves and toward others.

There is always something to be thankful for. 

Today I am thankful that, thirty-eight years ago, my soulmate was born.

I am thankful for my readers all over the world, who give me their time, their money, their attention, their emotions.

I am thankful that I will be able to take a hot shower and sleep on clean sheets tonight.

What are YOU thankful for right now?

 

What are You Thankful For? #Inspiration #HolidayVibes @jacqbiggar

Thanksgiving is almost here. What are you the most grateful for?

A blogger I follow asked why we show gratitude on Thanksgiving and not the other 364 days of the year.

This made me think. How can we turn Thanksgiving into a year-round celebration?

There are a variety of ways we can make a difference in someone’s life. Anything from donating to a worthwhile charity to knitting scarves for the homeless.

This past week, British Columbia was struck by disaster. We had an ‘atmospheric river’ occurrence, which in essence meant Mother nature turned on the taps and walked out the door. Roads collapsed, homes flooded, cities had to be evacuated, and thousands of animals perished. It will take months, and maybe even years, to recover- if it’s possible at all.

We aren’t the only ones; California faces hellish firestorms, Louisiana flooding, Texas hurricanes- my point is, we need to band together. Help is essential. Without the aid of strangers, many will lose everything.

Climate change is here. It’s a fact. If we want to survive, we need to step up to the plate and help our fellow man.

That’s what Thanksgiving 365 looks like.

I hope you and yours have a safe and thoughtful Thanksgiving. Gratitude is something we earn.

We Still Need Heroes by Rachelle Ayala #mgtab @mimisgang1

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Heroes are the men and women who step up in times of crisis. They charge into burning buildings and rush toward disaster zones. They defend us against bullies and bad guys, and they stay on their jobs when others retreat. We appreciate our heroes because they inspire us and give us hope. They help us in times of need, and they do their duty while others are fleeing and hiding. We appreciate our heroes on special days like Veteran’s Day and anniversaries of their heroic acts. But do we understand the toll it takes on them and their families?

Being a hero entails sacrifice and putting others in front of self. Our military men and women not only fight bad guys but give aid and support to vulnerable populations. Our first responders put their safety at risk when responding to disasters or calls for help. Our health care workers stood at the front line to treat patients when an unknown disease sickened their communities. Every day, mothers and fathers put their children’s welfare in front of their own by working long hours to put food on the table or sacrificing for their education.

The qualities that heroes have: bravery, courage, resourcefulness, duty, honor, and sacrifice are still needed today. We need men to stand up for what’s right and women to nurture the weak and helpless. People to hold the line for freedom and individual liberty against the dark side of totalitarianism and mind control.

I’m grateful for all heroes: the police who catch criminals, the firefighters who save lives and homes, the military who secure our freedoms, the pastors who preach the Bible, the parents who protect the children, the essential workers who did their jobs, the patriots who stand against tyranny, and most of all, God who gave us his only begotten Son.

Forgive me for being sentimental. The 20th anniversary of September 11 just passed by, and while the ending of the war was not what we expected, it does not in any way diminish the heroism of the policemen, firefighters, and rescuers who charged into the buildings or all of the many military men and women who held the line against terrorists and warlords. They battled at tremendous personal cost and we owe them continued gratitude. Who knows how many attacks were prevented by their sacrifice?

Many years ago, I wrote about an Afghanistan War veteran, Tyler Manning, who returned home disillusioned and suffering from PTSD. He was homeless, subjected to flashbacks, and had lost his faith. It took a tiny four-year-old girl, Bree Kennedy, to see something special about him as he sat underneath a Christmas tree scavenging thrown-away food from a mall food court. I wish the war had ended better, but I know his effort was not wasted. Tyler’s story became a three-part Christmas series called: A Veteran’s Christmas.

In book 1, A Father for Christmas, Bree finds Tyler under a Christmas tree and brings him back to society and a romance with Bree’s mom, Kelly.

In book 2, A Pet for Christmas, Tyler returns to Afghanistan to work at a charity he founded, only to have it blown to bits. He and his translator then embark on a daring escape from Afghanistan with the help of a stray Kuchi dog.

In Book 3, A Wedding for Christmas, Tyler gets involved with a former Afghan female soldier and helps her get off the streets–all while trying to juggle his wedding to Bree’s mom, Kelly

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A Father for Christmas by Rachelle Ayala

So let us remember to honor our heroes every day and to let them inspire us to give a helping hand and nurture those in need. All of us can be an every day hero by standing up for the values and ideals that made our country great and by giving our time, labor, and care to others. Like the children’s song says, JOY is Jesus, Others, You with yourself last.

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