11/15/21, Gratitude


Hi Everyone,


Last week was a busy one, as the holidays approach, editing a book, and travelling, and just keeping up with work, doing big and small projects. I find many people tense and anxious, maybe with pre-holiday anxieties, holidays can be emotionally charged for many (most?) people, and many people seem to have shorter fuses than usual. It’s a good reminder to stop and take a deep breath, appreciate beauty and kindness where you find it, and to remember that everyone is stressed at this time of year. I was dealing with an inexplicably undelivered package by Fed Ex, which I am still fighting to retrieve (unsuccessfully so far), and the same petty aggravations and worries we all deal with, which can make daily life a challenge and eat up our time, and can spoil a day. The challenge is to remember our blessings, and be grateful for the things that go right, instead of wrong.


I watched my favorite series, New Amsterdam, wrote my Christmas cards, and was lucky enough to share in a wonderful spiritual meeting I participate in every year, which gets me back on the right track. And I was able to spend a few minutes with two daughters and one son, and two days with my two daughters in New York. They all have full, busy lives, and it’s a gift to share whatever time they can spare. At their ages, the last thing I wanted to do was spend time with my parents, so it’s a gift that they spend time with me at all.


The Covid numbers seem to be rising steadily all over the world, which is worrisome, and it’s a reminder to us all to still be careful, wear masks when it is wise to do so, or required. The vaccines appear to have lowered the number of deaths, but the number of cases is rising nonetheless. Let’s hope the number of cases doesn’t continue to increase. Our family will gather for Thanksgiving for the first time in two years, with all members of the family vaxxed, and Covid tests taken beforehand, with masks worn when appropriate, and social distancing respected. Our gatherings cant be as carefree as they used to be, but for the last 20 months we have shared no holidays at all, so it will be a huge blessing to be together. It still shocks me to realize that we have lost nearly two years out of our lives, focused intensely on staying healthy, and trying to avoid Covid. And the effects of the last two years have impacted us all.


What I like best about Thanksgiving is that aside from the traditional food everyone loves, the turkey, the stuffing, the mince, apple, pecan and pumpkin pies—–it is a holiday dedicated to being thankful, to gratitude for our blessings, large and small. We can’t always be with the people we love on the holidays, and families don’t always get along, but it is a day, and a time when it’s good to remember all the things we all have to be grateful for. It’s a great thing to remember. Gratitude changes one’s outlook about everything, it shifts the perspective to thinking about the people we are grateful for in our lives. It’s a time to reach out to family, friends, and people who are alone, and hold out a hand to them, a time for forgiveness, compassion, and gratitude.


I hope this week leading up to Thanksgiving will be a peaceful one for you, and you’ll have time to enjoy the holiday the week after, with whoever you spend it with. And even if things don’t go exactly as you hope, maybe this year it will be your turn to be a blessing to someone else.


Have a great week!!! full of unexpected blessings and happy moments,


love, Danielle

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3 Comments so far
  1. Elaine November 16, 2021 4:46 am

    Hi Danielle,

    I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving! I’m glad you finally get to celebrate together after two years.

    As a mother of three and an empty nester, I also initially felt that it was a gift whenever my children opted to spend time with me. However lately I’m beginning to think I’m going to have my own life and have days when I don’t have time for them. Maybe they should consider time spent with me a gift.

    I’m very curious about your spiritual meeting. Christian Science? Catholoic? Joel Osteen? I wish you’d tell us more…

    I love the thought of being a blessing to others. So often we are blessings to others and we don’t even know it (or don’t find out until sometime later). You and your writing have been a blessing to me.



  2. Beatrice November 19, 2021 5:37 am

    I hear you about trying to focus on what goes well rather than on what goes wrong. I find comfort in the little things and they help me get that gratitude muscle back on track. Watching my cats play together. Laughing with the clerk in a store.

    Moi, je comprends que vos enfants aient envie de passer du temps avec vous. Vous avez reussi a briser le moule dans lequel vous avez ete elevee. BRAVO!!!

    Bonne continuation!


  3. bonnie November 22, 2021 3:40 pm

    In the “Gratitude” BLOG, you mentioned your spiritual meeting. After reading the comment in the “Traveling” BLOG “Magicalfriday” I was concerned that your meeting could be man-centered with feelings and ‘Signs and Wonders” as opposed to God-centered on the Bible. Man-centered draws attention to man and self not God. John MACARTHUR ” THE DESIRE TO BE DISCERNING ENTAILS A HIGH VIEW OF SCRIPTURE AND ENTHUSIASM FOR UNDERSTANDING IT CORRECTLY.”
    lOVING you, Bonnie