Today is Thanksgiving here in Canada. I’m thankful for many things. My husband, our daughter, our dog and our cat. Our families, this farm, good food.
Most of all this year I’m thankful for time. We often feel that there’s not enough time. Or we wish we were doing something else with our time.
At the start of this year, I proclaimed my word of the year was “slow.”
“We have to do our absolute best to live a life that we are satisfied with. I want to feel good about what I do, who I am with and how I spend my time. And the word “spend” is important. Time is valuable. Time is precious.”
Over the past little while, I feel like I’ve found a balance of how I spend my time. I have time to work and create and relax. Time with my family and with myself. I treasure each of these moments and don’t take them for granted.
Every day is very full, and there is pressure. There are trade-offs and the balance doesn’t always look the same. But usually by the end of the day I feel at peace with what I’ve done and how I’ve spent my time.
I’m very thankful for that.
A few weeks ago I saw a sign on the side of the road that said, “You have what you need for this moment.”
This message was an affirmation that I have the strength, the skills, the energy, the ability, the support to face whatever comes. It’s also a reminder to live in the moment and not worry about what’s ahead.
Today is going to be full of moments with my amazing family at our lovely farm. I’m thankful for this time.
Happy Thanksgiving, Julia! To you and your beautiful family. ❤
We have been taking a class in mindfulness. It has similarities to your work on slowing down. Already I feel the benefit, and have noticed a definite increase in the number of small, rich moments that I notice/savour.
Btw, there's a glitch on this post – when I clicked comments it told me I seemed lost. It took me till today to realize that if I THEN clicked on the name of the post in the list of options given, I wound up here. I thought you might like to know.
Thanks for letting me know about the glitch. And thanks for your comment. I wish you and your family lots of rich moments.
Happy Thanksgiving! I think the whole world could benefit from slowing down and appreciating life. I know I would!
Thank you, Sarah.