“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”
– Eckhart Tolle
It is that time of year again: the holiday season. A potentially stressful time of family gatherings, cold weather, shopping, and hectic travel schedules. But all too often during the holidays, we become so preoccupied and overwhelmed with buying gifts and attending parties that we forget to stop and remember the true meaning of Christmas: the blessed birth of our Lord and Savior.
All throughout the year, and especially at Christmas time, it is important for us to stop and remember to be thankful for the abundant blessings in our lives. Too easily, and especially during the holidays, we become caught up in the stresses of our daily lives – the bills, the obligations, the cooking and cleaning and traveling and planning – and we forget to be appreciative of all that we have to be grateful for: our loved ones, our safety and health, and most of all, the love and grace of God. Prayer is our communication with God, and our chance to thank Him for the countless blessings in our lives. But how often do we find ourselves spending most of our prayer time asking God for things, rather than thanking Him for what we already have?
When we choose to live and act from a state of gratitude, we are able to recognize and appreciate the endless blessings in our lives, and are filled with a sense of peace and thankfulness for all that we have. Our lives suddenly become richer, fuller, and happier, because we are operating from a grateful mindset. So this Christmas (and all throughout the new year), rather than focusing on what you believe is missing from your life, try instead to embrace a perspective of gratitude. Simply say to our Lord, “Thank you.” You may be surprised to find how much happier, calmer, and more fulfilling your holidays – and ALL of your days – become. That is the true spirit of Christmas.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!