Been months since I have written my reflections of gratitude.

There is not a day that goes by where I do not feel truly grateful for all blessings in life.  Sunrises, sunsets, change of seasons, new beginnings and ends. Health, family and friends of past and present, heaven and earth.

Those who have touched my heart, broke it, knocked me down and helped me up.  All reminders that I am human and alive.  Just trying to be a decent, honest, caring, forgiving, friend to all who accept me for my imperfections.  And also,  those who do not.

I recently came up with a new word for all of the self serving posts and posters that I see in social media around the holidays.  You know who I am talking about….the manipuHators.  Not a misspelling, just a poor attempt at word play.

You know who you are.  You wake up every morning, filled with loathing thoughts of guilt and insecurity.  Desperately trying to find a new poster to plaster on your “wall” that furthers your own self inflicted state of unhappiness.  Soliciting support from your army of ill advised followers.  The world is waiting for you to “like” and “share” the same feelings, through real actions, in real LIFE.

Walk the talk….words and actions that match those of others that you manipuHate to serve your own purpose. Only further spreading the hurt that you feel inside.  If I could take away your pain, I would.  Embrace truth, accept yourself and others. Sounds easy, right?

As I write down these thoughts, I am reminded that only those who truly do for others, and without an agenda, can understand what love and gratitude is.

I have heard others describe what I am writing about like this; “There is no luck in the cards, it is all about the hand you play.”

Well, I don’t know about that.  Seems like fools gold to me….

“Put down your cards and set yourself free.” That would be my advice…..

I am thankful for the good and the bad in my life, mostly the bad today though.   It is a reminder that judgement clouds thoughts of true gratitude and happiness. I am blessed.  I am humbled. And I am happy to have the capacity to transform bad thoughts and actions into good.

Feeling grateful in this moment of truth.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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