I often wonder if I’m the only one who gets so caught up in what I’m doing that I forget why I’m doing it in the first place. How easy it is to get stressed out about everything turning out perfect that all the joy of what I’m doing gets lost somewhere underneath it all. Thinking like this is simple like uttering the word Thanksgiving but not living out what it means to be thankful.
Stopping right now before I do anything else. I am already feeling grateful for this simple moment of silence that gives me the opportunity to reevaluate what I’m doing and why. I am so very blessed to have the abundant family that I have to share with. What can be more motivating than to hear your grandchildren say how much they love getting together at your house for the holidays. To also know that you’re providing a special meal for those who live alone. Last but not least to know how much my husband enjoys all the food and most of all the leftovers that come with having it at our house.
I thank God for the reminder of the meaning of gratitude. It never fails to turn my negative thoughts into positive ones that create an abundance of thankfulness.
Today’s reading talked about “enthusiasm.” I learned a new word I’ve never used before ‘etymology.’ It’s not a definition for a word but an explanation of what our words meant and how they sounded 600 or 2000 years ago. So I learned that the etymology of the Greek word “enthusiasm” literally means the breathing of the divine within.
“So when we are enthused, we are breathing spirit into what we do from the breath of our divine nature.” -Rev. Katherine Saux
What a great lesson to learn at the start of our holiday season. To be excited and enthused means we have to choose to embrace it rather then simple seeing all the work that it entails. All the hustle & bustle becomes fun the way it’s meant to be. Remembering the reason for the season, it’s all about giving, touching and loving one another.
The beauty that comes from our enthusiasm is the joy it creates in our selfless giving. Yet what we give of ourselves always comes back to us. It’s the gift that never stops giving. How can we go wrong when we’re breathing in the divine with each enthusiastic thing we do. I know from my own experience that it’s a life changing gift to receive. All we have to do is choose this instead of that. The question we need to ask ourselves is, why would you want to experience anything less?
Yesterday I talked about resistance. Today I’m focused on going with the flow. It reminds me of when I went white water rafting with my family. How the river pulled us along its current. I remember thinking how hard it would be to try to paddle against it. It would be an endless struggle going against its resistance. As we floated along there were lots of obstacles in the way that we had to work our way around. If we lost our focus it would have been easy to get stuck. That’s when panic and fear can set in causing us to easily become disoriented. Thank goodness we had helpers floating around us who could get us unstuck.
Real life is this way. We can be floating along going with the current of life. Than suddenly we get stuck by the obstacles that get in our way. Confusion sets in. We find ourselves resisting the direction we need to go. Fear comes into play, followed by disillusionment and we become disoriented. There is no one to help us get unstuck. Even with God’s help we can’t become unstuck until we are willing to let go of that which stands in our way.
As I prepare for Thanksgiving day instead of focusing on all the work there is to do, and what comes after this holiday. Remembering the people I love and how thankful I am to have them in my life reminds me what Thanksgiving is all about in the first place. Being in the flow of all I have to be grateful for keeps me centered and focused on the direction I’m going.
Wow! It’s a whole lot easier to float along the current of love. I’m also finding it to be a lot more fun!