In my ideal world, every day should be Thanksgiving. Why take just one day a year to focus on what we are grateful for in our lives? It’s much like Valentine’s Day…why take just one day a year to tell our loved one’s how we feel about them? But alas, we live in a commercial world where days are set aside to acknowledge these sorts of things, and I am on board with being openly thankful for the good things in my life this Thanksgiving Day.
The Gratitude List — 2015
1. My Massage Business. It’s easy to take for granted after 3.5 years of doing massage…but when I stop and think of it, I am still in awe that I finally found a career I enjoy so much! Don’t get me wrong, I have greatly enjoyed other career choices, but massage is it for me. I regularly get to share energetic and physical space with a wide variety of clients. I get to share my passions for health, touch, and healing with others through my hands and presence. I get to share in lives and stories full of joy, sorrow, pain, and recovery. I get to learn new things daily, from witnessing the interplay between my client’s bodies and souls, to the dance of interaction we share during our time together.
2. My Clients. I have said this a million times…but I really do have the best clients! I am grateful for each and every one of you who trust me with your bodies, stories, and selves. Whether you have been coming for years or have just recently discovered massage, it is my pleasure to help you with your bodily healing mission, whatever that may be! Thank you for choosing me as your massage therapist, and thank you for sharing yourself with me.
3. My Health. This Thanksgiving, I am especially grateful for good health. It’s been a complex year of surgeries and recoveries, with more to come. But every day that I can get up and get out to enjoy the beautiful surroundings in which we live is a day to be celebrated! Today before the big Thanksgiving meal, I will enjoy a good long walk in the foothills of our beautiful city. The fact that each foot falls and the other follows for miles and breaths at a time never ceases to delight me!
4. Mindfulness Training. I am continuing to practice Mindfulness, both formal and informal. Jon Kabat-Zinn, a “mindfulness guru”, defines Mindfulness as “Paying attention, on purpose, to the present moment, non-judgmentally.” This practice helps to reduce how much time I spend on “automatic pilot” in my life, and allows for time and reflection on my reactivity to events. I find myself more aware of myself and my surroundings, and more present in my interactions with others. The next class I will take through Mindfulness Northwest is on Compassion, and I am looking forward to bringing these concepts into my life and massage practice.
5. The New Additions! We have three new additions to the household! In the last month, we have acquired two new kittens and a new puppy. Life is full of chaos and the disruption of routines…as well as joy, humorous antics, and boundless kitten and puppy energy and love. As I write this, the kittens destroy my notes and walk on my laptop, as the puppy fights to get up on the couch and join in the fun. I am reminded to appreciate all of it, for just as surely as our kids grow up and become adults, so too will these critters mature and become sedate and I will dearly miss all the current excitement.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM THE WHOLE CREW!