Spreading Gratefulness Leaf by Leaf

It’s time to be thankful.

رو به سردي

I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life. I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.” I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

Maya Angelou

As Canadian Thanksgiving arrives,  I wanted to take a moment to stop and think about all of the wonderful things that I’m thankful for.  On my journey, I came across the above quote from Maya Angelou. I was deeply moved.  And then I took a moment and thought about all the time I’ve wasted focused on things I could not change.

There’s a reason why yoga and spirituality are so deeply entwined.  Yes, you may be able to complete the asanas without having a fully spiritual practice.  However, I truly believe that simply connecting to your body and breathe is spiritual in its own means.  There is so much power in our body, mind and soul.  There is so much that we have to give to this world, and there are volumes that the world strives to give back.

Maya Angelou is one of those wonderful people that recognizes the beauty that exists everywhere and the power that we have both in our own body and mind to change.  A poet, professor, civil rights activist and much more, Angelou is a mentor for many individuals, including Oprah Winfrey.  Recently, I’ve been immersing myself in her poetry, embracing the beauty in her thoughts.

In this Thanksgiving session, I’ve been spending some time with my family writing out a grateful list.  It started with a leaf from my daughter’s JK teacher, and so I sat down with her and asked what is she grateful for, she smiled and said “ Fall, Friends and Family.”   It came so quickly.  My two year old son chimed in and said “Alligators and Potatoes.”    My own list is growing every moment and I’ve decided that this Thanksgiving we are going to make a Thankful tree at the large family dinner (over 60 people).  My hope is that everyone will take a moment to share what they’re thankful for.


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