This Month: Thank You Abenakis!
Thanksgiving, 11/ 26 - November is the month in the USA for giving thanks! We all know the tradition dates way back to 1612 when the first settlers or Pilgrims celebrated a successful corn harvest with the Abenaki Native Americans, (it was the Abenakis who taught the Pilgrims how to cultivate corn, extract sap from trees, catch fish and avoid poisonous fish. Giving thanks!) I especially enjoy Thanksgiving. Despite the frequently chilled temperatures here in the Northeast and other parts of the States, it’s a time when the heart can warm.
Unlike most holidays, Thanksgiving is not bound to a specific religion or heritage. Anyone who identifies as American can jump in and share in the feeling of gratitude and warmth. People travel for miles to be with family and friends for the festivities. M*A*C*Y’s throws its annual Thanksgiving Day Parade for the public to enjoy! Turkey trots abound from town-to-town. People open their homes and host wonderful dinners with the standard fare: turkey, gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, corn, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie.
I started thinking, as great as Thanksgiving is maybe it’s not sufficient to give thanks only 1 time a year. Maybe there’s enough going on in our lives to be grateful and thankful for each month of the year! Hmmm! So, I’ve come up with my own Giving Thanks list for 2015 which I’ve decided to share with you.
I’m thankful for...
Jan • Janet and I celebrating our 2nd year wedding anniversary after being together for 20 years.
Feb • Having our dog, Rosie, with us for 1 year now. (She is my very first dog ever!)
Mar • Re-kindling a friendship with Paola who found me on social media.
Apr • Presenting in Christopher Street Financial’s ‘Words & Wine’ seminar.
May • Graduating from the life-altering Institute for the Psychology of Eating.
Jun • Launching the first From The HealthShrink e-Newsletter.
Jul • Memories of my dearly, departed father, Daniel, on his birthday.
Aug • Enjoying an especially fun Mystery Date at the Dream Hotel with Janet.
Sep • My beautiful and wonderful mother, Ann, who turned 89 years-old.
Oct • Presenting in Gotham Volleyball’s Health & Wellness series.
Nov • Visiting loved ones in Italy as well as sharing Thanksgiving with my family in the USA.
Dec • Graduating from the heart-felt, heart-breath, HeartMath Institute.
Compiling this list was actually a thoughtful, heart-warming exercise. I recommend you consider coming up with your own. Giving thanks never felt so good!