I have everything I need. I have MORE than everything I need. I have all the basics covered, and huge, glorious spadefuls of abundance and plenty. Maslow would look down his nose at me for being so close to the tip of his pyramid and for still feeling…flat.
I guess the point is that thankfulness as an attitude is something you live rather than something you necessarily feel…so as generally-recognised ‘leader’ of this little hop (admittedly I feel I sometimes lead from the rear, or from within the happy team-feel of the other co-hosts, all of whom are supportive, encouraging, (forgiving,) and thoroughly wonderful at keeping things going without adequately acknowledging the fundamental part they play in making this happen each weekend – they’re my #1) it behoves me to plow ahead and ensure that I’ve at least got an entry. Silver Linings – I HAVE things to be thankful for, even if I’m not feeling it. That’s huge.
Having the time and space to write…not just time and space, but a game of Scrabble on the go, Mamma Mia on the tv, a pretty Christmas tree ahead of me, and all the basics covered within the context of my lovely and loving family is forsure #2.
Knowing that there are people of my heart ‘out there’, who make huge difference in my life on a daily basis (and here’s
the cool thing one of the cool things about this hop – it’s perfectly acceptable to be thankful for the same things week on week (#3) because those vital gratitudinals are just that – vital) is something I’m forever and ever thankful for – #4. The fact that they are actively engaged and care to make a difference; #5. That they’re all currently safe and healthy in spite of adverse weather conditions (physical/emotional/familial) is a HUGE, huge, huge thankful. Definitely #6.
I am in a state of overwhelm, yet I have a newly volunteered project manager (HUGE thanks, WonderAunty) – #7 – and a thoroughly actual-in-fact, concrete and for-real Action Plan (#7), which will get me from where I am now, to where I want to be…incorporating (amongst other things) a name change* and the hopeful realisation of various madcap ideas, any of which might succeed in putting me halfway around the world. #8.
The overwhelm won’t last forever, or (more likely) as time progresses and the things on the ‘to-do’ list become ‘was done’, my confidence will improve and with that (I hope) will come feelings of ‘having a handle on things’ or, at the very least ‘it’s do-able’, so in terms of future feelings, in spite of a current lack, I’m going with an optimistic #9.
Finally, here’s to those madcap ideas. I seem destined to careen through life like an uncoordinated, over-large firework; exploding ideas at intervals without any reference to how or whether they’re even feasible, and creating half-baked plans which may or may not come to fruition. Here’s hoping that some of them are pull-off-able. Big Fat #10 to THAT!
And…watch this space.
NOW I’m feeling excited. And thankful. Totally thankful.
How are YOU feeling this Christmastime?