Attitude Of Gratitude
I firmly believe Gratitude is the key to all good things. Gratitude and appreciation for what a situation is, not for what you think it should be. I had a clear reminder of that this past Thanksgiving weekend. I had visualized spending the weekend will all of my 4 children, their spouses and my 5 little grandchildren. I had even done my Wishful Thanking pre-paving in full expectation of a fabulous family reunion.
A week prior to the big day, I had confirmation in my hot hands – everyone was able to attend. Not an easy feat, coordinating this, I congratulated myself as I happily went shopping to feed all 15 of us, happy visions of hugs and laughter filling my mind.
Well the morning of the big dinner, received the 1st cancellation – my stepdaughter had been called in to work and couldn’t attend, but her hubby and my grandson still would be. I mentally removed one chair from the table.
Time passed, and the house began to fill in, little ones (the oldest being 4) running up and down the hallway, with Nana basking in the warm loving feeling and sound of giggles.
An hour later, another phone call – my youngest daughter was ill, she, her hubby and another grandson wouldn’t be attending. Three more chairs removed from table.
But the thing was, we all had a wonderful day/night/overnight of food, fun and festivities. And even though it wasn’t what I would have planned, it was a fabulous weekend, and I was very grateful for how everything had turned out.
It was a wonderful reminder that everything always is exactly how it’s meant to be. Though we missed those not in attendance, fewer people created space for more intimate conversation, and gave room for other people to shine.
In the end, everyone agreed it was one of the best Thanksgivings ever, and my heart overflowed with gratitude for everyone there, and everyone there in spirit. It was a wonderful lesson in letting go of expectation and delighting in what was.
In Light, Alexandria