Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!! This time of year absolutely warms my heart and brings me back to so many different times of my life and Thanksgivings of the past. Every year around Thanksgiving time, I find myself feeling grateful for significant areas of my life including my health, my family, my friends, my job, and having a roof over my head and food to eat each day. 2017 has been a particularly reflective year for me, and I wanted to get a little deeper with these very important pieces of my life.
This year, I decided to take a few major parts of my life that I am very thankful for (friends & family, my health, music, and home), and break them down into even smaller details of why I am thankful for each one; some small and silly and others significant and influential. For example, under health I listed details that ranged from simply being able to walk and get around easily each day, to being able to run my first half marathon last year.
As I created my own “thankful mind map”, which looked like an oversized version of a graphic organizer that I once used in high school, all of these details began to grow and evolve. These details spread across my entire poster-sized paper, very similar to how the roots of a tree expand underground and go in may different directions.
Just as a tree’s roots lead back to the tree itself, anchoring it and making sure it develops and continues to grow, the elements in my life for which I am thankful keep me grounded and stable.
My roots have humbled me and have made me thankful for all of the things that bring my life zest and light. They have made me even more grateful for the people who have influenced me and given me support along the way, as well as the people who have created new pathways, perspectives and opportunities throughout my history. My roots have reminded me of the small simple joys of my everyday world.
I am a tree and my branches are constantly changing with each passing day. Some days my leaves are colorful and full of energy, and other days they are calm and undisturbed on a windless day. There are days my branches might be bare and motionless, and temporarily dormant, while other times they are budding with new ideas and creativity. I am thankful for all of these moments and seasons of my life, but most of all I am grateful for my roots that hold me up through it all!
The roots of my past, present and future keep me stable as they provide an anchor throughout all of my days. They restore me when I am feeling weak or uncertain, and they help me continue to grow and change throughout the seasons of my life. They are both constant and expandable as I grow and my life progresses from one day to the next. While they are hidden inside of me and might not always been seen, they twist and turn as they continue to spread and multiply.
I am thankful for my physical and mental health, and every single little thing that my body is able to do each day. I am thankful for my family and friends and what they each individually bring to my life. I am thankful for music and all of the experiences, feelings and moments it has given me. I am thankful for “home” which has taken on many forms throughout the years, each creating memories accompanied by life lessons within their walls.
Feeling thankful can be very simple and also enlightening and inspiring when you take time to dig a little deeper and discover the pathways that bring you to the present moment. We are all thankfully rooted in ways that we have yet to dig up and discover, and our grateful hearts will only continue to grow with the twists and turns of the roots that make up our lives.
Wishing you zest and light,