Joy And Gratitude

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When my daughter was small, Thanksgiving at school was about the Native American experience, about the Pilgrims, and about all the conflicting stories of that time. With just a tiny bit of research, I’ve found Thanksgiving to be a very, very old tradition, a celebration of the Harvest, and much more applicable to what we feel and celebrate now than simply the honoring of that brief moment of peace in the not always peaceful, or honorable early days of America.

So, I want to give my deep Thanks for, and my deep belief in the brilliance and beauty of everything that is or ever was, no matter what.

I give more than Thanks.  I’m deeply Grateful to everyone and everything in my world, before and now. I’m even thankful and grateful for my mistakes, my missteps, my moments of not knowing.

Though I can’t undo the fabric of what’s past, that fabric of my life now spreads out as an infinite number of beautiful threads that can be woven together in infinitely beautiful ways.  I’m all one thing.  A work of art in progress – and so are you.

Here’s a lovely piece by my friend, Joyce Kenyon, who’s a healing master – you can find her at – and I’m going to work with it myself this week:

“We sometimes think that we can only be grateful for the things we want or like. The beauty is that we can be in Gratitude for everything.

Gratitude is one of the most joyous and constant gifts we can give ourselves and others.

And it doesn’t require any special circumstances.

You can have gratitude during the whole time you’re driving your car: (in LA that’s a lot of time!)
– Have gratitude for every green light and through street to speed you on your way
– have gratitude for every red light and stop sign, to remind you to stop – take a deep breath – and just relax and be Present.
– And in between – to have gratitude for even having a car to drive.

After a while, you’re having so much fun, you’re in Gratitude for having gratitude!”

I’m grateful for you. Let me know how you’re doing.

Love, Rori

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  1.  #1Reshi on November 26, 2008 at 10:51 pm

    I’m grateful for all the years of love I DID have with my husband! 7 years…that’s really pretty amazing for someone who was never loved before. And I’m grateful for the freedom that I have now, the opportunity to make my entire life according to my desire, and the maturity and perspective I now have that allows me to do it. I’m grateful for my family, my friends, and my work. I’m grateful for Rori and everyone on this blog. I’m grateful that I’m still breathing and have a place to call home and enough to eat. I’m grateful for my good qualities that allow me to be of service–it’s such a good feeling to be of service.

    Wow, gratitude feels great!

  2.  #2Ann on November 27, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    Hi Rori,

    I’ve been busy with life & holiday stuff so have gotten a little behind here. But since it’s Thanksgiving I had to tell you how thankful I am for you, your tools, and all the people sharing here. And how thankful I am for all the growing I’m doing for me.

    I’d like to share a little about a recent silly arguement I had. Actually I’d like to share that while it was going on I was able to say “No I’m not going to participate in a shouting match”. Part of the time my emotions did take over and I shouted but not for long. Repeated I’m not doing this. It will be a lower voice conversation or I won’t participate. Then the other party got angrier because I wasn’t giving them as much feed back as they wanted. They told me I had no problem looking out for me but I was being selfish by not doing what they wanted. We parted company for the night. Altho, later we apologized to each other.

    At the moment I’m thankful for the arguement. I wished it hadn’t happen. But I’m glad I could say what I wanted, glad I could feel my feelings when left alone. I’m grateful that others can see me taking care of me.

    My family, friends are very important to me but with your help I’ve realized I have to take care of me.

    If I focus on me and being happier, those around me may very well “catch” the contagious happiness.

    I am my own best friend!

  3.  #3Bethany on November 30, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    After Thanksgiving, but I wanted to do this…I am thankful for this experience with this guy, and I have no idea what the hell is going to happen, but I am thankful for being able to use the experience to learn more about myself…I will have a great relationship that will feel comfortable and exciting and engaging, and it may or may not be with this one guy, but I KNOW that I will have that. I will not give up, I will keep working, feeling my feelings, and working on channeling my obsession into things for myself. I realized in the depths of a shit hole this weekend that I want to do something different with my life than I previously thought. I have been feeling resigned to working hard on trying to love the sensible career path that my family told me I should follow. I feel bored when I think about teaching or journalism, but when I think about a more creative career, like in fashion, I feel excited. I want to use my creative energy to put more beauty into the world. I am grateful for this realization that came out of feeling like I was breaking in half.