Merry Meet my friends! I hope you all had a wonderful Samhain..I know I did. It was a gorgeous weekend weather wise for us..cool and crisp and sunny! Just perfect. We spent Beggar’s night at my daughters so we could pass out candy for them while my little granddaughter went out trick or treating with her mommy and daddy. She is almost 2 and only made it to 6 houses before she had enough and wanted to go home! She wanted to be with me and her grandfather and Auntie! We had great pizza and ate candy and visited…it was a nice night. Samhain night was just for me at my altar..quietly honoring my loved ones and ancestors and yes, my pets, who have passed on. It was a beautiful experience and I believe that some of them came for a visit. On Nov 1 night, I shared a beautiful formal circle celebration ritual with my sisters in spirit…it was magickal also. While I was outside doing my ritual…two gorgeous Does decided to walk across our yard..not far from me…stopped and checked me out and then walked on their way! It was so amazing as I have always felt that Deer are one of my totem animals. I find them so mystical and I think it was a message from my ancestors! For me, a perfect Samhain..and I hope yours was too.
Now, its November and it is the month of Thanksgiving. For this month, via my facebook page and here on my blog, I will be talking about thankfulness and gratitude and random acts of kindess. As a Witch, and a daughter of the Goddess, I believe that Love is why we are here…what the world is all about..What Goddess and God, however you see them…want for us. I found this quote and I thought I needed to post it here….
“It is literally true, as the thankless say, that they have nothing to be thankful for. He who sits by the fire, thankless for the fire, is just as if he had no fire. Nothing is possessed save in appreciation, of which thankfulness is the indispensable ingredient. But a thankful heart hath a continual feast.” ~W.J. Cameron
I totally believe this quote to be true. If we live without gratitude…then we have nothing…because we don’t notice it, don’t appreciate it, take it for granted. If we aren’t grateful for what we have…then it might as well not be there!!
I learned of the book “Simple Abundance” by Sarah Ban Breathnach about 16-17 years ago on a tv show. I was struck by the idea of finding something to be thankful for every day. I bought the book, read it, and it really did change my life. I started a journal right then and to this day, I keep a journal and write in it; sometimes everyday, sometimes once-twice a month. In these journals (I have about 20 now), every day that I write in it, I write what I am grateful for on that given day. Sometimes, it’s hard to find something…but with practice, I learned that it got easier and easier. Finding gratitude in the small things has changed my life for the better. I am happier with what I have and who I am.
What are you grateful for today? It could be big stuff…like the birth of a child, buying a house, money coming your way, a marriage. But most days..it could be that it wasn’t raining, that the baby slept thru the night, that you didn’t burn dinner, that your mother was in a good mood, or that your husband helped you clean up dishes after dinner. But even those mundane everyday things, noticing them and appreciating them makes your life better! Soon you will notice, the sun shining in the window onto your breakfast table, the pretty pitcher that was your grandmothers that you serve your OJ in, the smell of your kids fresh from their bath, the feel of your cat curled up next to you,..I could go on and on. But you get my point. Everyday make a point to NOTICE something to be thankful for. Maybe you would be inspired to keep a notebook or a journal and jot them down…soon that list will grow and grow. Something bad happen to you or you had a bad day? Find the silver lining…it’s there I promise. I have been thru alot of sad and terrible things in my life and yet, I have found the silver lining in almost every situation. This wasn’t always the case I promise you..I’m not Mary Sunshine…but finding a way to find grace in every day…made my life lovely.
Today, I will thank each of you who come to visit my blog. I appreciate you and am thankful for you. I have a lot of readers but not alot of subscribers. Sign up to follow me..I’d love to have more of you as subscribers. It just means you’ll get an email when I write a new post. Thank you so much for those who leave comments too. I am also grateful today for being an American and having the right to vote! I voted..did you?
Until my next post, thank you and Blessed Be, Autumn