Thanksgiving is a celebration of abundance. It is celebrating the things that we have in our lives. At this time of year on the Medicine Wheel, we are entering the time of introspection. It is a time to reevaluate the things in our lives that are working and not working. An often forgot about element in the time of introspection is to consider what is working. What are the things that you succeeded at? Part of introspection and
creating something new is considering what the next step might be with something that is working.
And even if it is time to let something go, there is huge value in celebrating the abundance that it once brought to you. Can you celebrate the beauty, joy, and value that a painful relationship or previous phase of your life brought you- even when it is no longer working? This is a challenging thing to find gratitude for.
So now we are celebrating it is what is working and what was working, but what about what never did work? Can we celebrate our mistakes, failures, and painful lessons? Without them, there would be no growth or new beginnings. How about some gratitude for them?
So in summary, you are celebrating your whole life. The working, the not-working, and the never did work. The good, the bad, and the ugly. You may soon decide to change it, but for right now perhaps it is time to celebrate your life the way that it is.
Being thankful for your life exactly the way it is. Unconditional gratitude. Now that is something worthy of celebration.
About the Author
I, Michael Hoffman, am a licensed psychotherapist, teacher, and author with 25 years experience in counseling and teaching experiential workshops. I have maintained this blog since 2009, and my second book Natural Way of Being will published in 2019.
I offer in-person and video-conferencing counseling, intensive workshops, and online courses to allow participants to directly experience their natural way of being and the life they would have for themselves.