Thanksgiving Message 2021
I am thankful every time you slow down enough to listen to your innermost needs.
I am thankful every time you soften your Inner Critic’s quips with self-compassion.
I am thankful every time you pursue your dreams instead of running from your fears.
I am thankful every time you laugh and play like an innocent child.
I am thankful every time you explore your psyche to deeply understand yourself.
I am thankful every time you meditate to soothe your frazzled nervous system.
I am thankful every time you exercise, eat right and get enough sleep.
I am thankful every time you bring forth possibilities that others never thought of.
I am thankful every time you look beyond reactivity to soothe the pain inside.
I am thankful every time you courageously confront conflict with tenderness.
I am thankful every time you open your heart and receive Spirit’s wisdom and mercy.
I am thankful every time you remember that you don’t have to be perfect to be lovable.
I am thankful every time you forgive yourself and others for shortcomings.
I am thankful every time you see yourself as a worthwhile person … unconditionally loved and always growing toward greater wisdom, insight, compassion and creativity.
I am thankful for you. Why?
We each make a difference in the quality of life on this planet, within our families, and within our workplaces. It all begins with the relationship we have with our Selves and our Spiritual Connection.
“We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. This is the divine mystery supreme. A wonderful thing it is and the source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
When you take good care of yourself … when you engage in your personal and spiritual growth … you become an inspiration for everyone around you. That’s how cultural change takes place. One person at a time. One couple at a time. One family at a time. One company at a time.
It’s true that not everyone will understand you or appreciate you. We all have our own free will. You can only be responsible for yourself.
Carve out the quality of life that you know is good for you. Take a stand for your personal freedom as the pilgrims did. Take risks to foster your vision. Stop analyzing other people so much. Keep your eye on the prize. Make choices congruent with love and wisdom.
Love always triumphs in the end.
May you be filled to overflowing this day …. with delicious food and even more important … with the Love that enables you to feel whole and complete … right where you are … here and now … no matter what your circumstances.
Please pass it on.
“Be the change you wish to see.” ~ Ghandi
Benita Esposito, MA, LPC, LCMHC