And it happens fast a lot of the time.
We wake up one day and see that our baby is not a baby anymore.
That we haven’t spoken to our friend in Goddess knows how long.
Or, that our beloved husband has become a stranger.
Sometimes it hurts so much to see all of this that we choose (subconsciously) to keep on going
So that we don’t have to feel the pain of it all.
And so life keeps on happening.
And we keep on rolling along with it.
Too fast to pause.
This is what makes the rituals around the holidays of Thanksgiving so important (yes, in spite of their dire beginnings).
It is an invitation to pause and look around.
In celebration of what is.
In the here and now.
I look back on my life and I feel like it’s gone by in the blink of an eye.
Few regrets and many memories, yes.
But I do things quickly and I forget a lot.
So, on a personal level, I appreciate the gift of such holidays and the invitations they offer.
The American Thanksgiving celebration is not my ritual of origin.
Us Canadians celebrate in October.
But this does not matter.
What matters is that both celebrations offer us the chance to gather, to pause and to reflect.
On how truly fortunate we really are.
To have food on the table.
To have a roof over our head.
To have running water.
The sky above.
The land below.
And our healthy bodies and spirits in between.
These are all gifts that I wish I took note of more often.
But I have to be honest.
Days can go by without my acknowledging how fortunate I am.
Like I said, life happens. Fast.
Breathe it in.
Feel it all.
There is much to celebrate.
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