Giving Thanks 9

There is so much to be thankful for today.  In the moment that I’m writing this, I’m very thankful that all I have left to do for dinner is roast the turkey and prepare the candied sweets (candied today – not roasted with olive oil and a little herbs like we do during the rest of the year) and macaroni and cheese.  All the pies, the cake, the potato salad,  the greens (collard, mustard & turnip like I grew up on), and other stuff is done.  The house is filled with the aromas of Thanksgiving love and my son and husband are being held at bay until is time for us to go to a friend’s house for dinner.  All the cooking I’ve done is so they’ll have some good leftovers to snack on!  (I’ll probably have a bit of those left overs, too!)

I’ve gotten in the habit of giving thanks several times a day every day.  I thank God and the universe for health, comfort, and being in my right mind (as my grandmother, Mother, used to say). Being in your right mind means that you can do what you need to do and face whatever life is bringing you.

I give thanks upon waking, while walking, before meetings, at meals, and before I go to bed.  Thanks and prayer are always sprinkled throughout my day as are snatches of the gospel songs that I grew up on.

I pray for those who need extra prayers – family, friends, and strangers.  I give thanks that some of the recent travails visited upon loved ones have ended or are nearing an end.  I ask God for continued blessings in my life and meditate on what I can do to help myself.  I often have to get out of my own way  and not let fear or cynism block my journey.

I pray to God and the universe for forgiveness for the things that we humans do.

To all who read this – enjoy your day.  Be fully present in it.  Remember to give thanks.

About Candelaria Silva

Candelaria Silva-Collins is a marketing, community outreach and programming consultant; writer; and trainer/facilitator who lives in Boston, Massachusetts. She has designed and facilitated workshops on a wide variety of topics including communication, facilitation, job search skills, team building, and parenting issues. She currently coordinates the Community Membership Program of the Huntington Theatre Company. Her work as Director of ACT Roxbury was profiled in several publications, including The Creative Communities Builders Handbook. Candelaria’s children’s stories, short stories, essays and reviews have been published in local and national publications and she is an active blogger. Her publications include the booklets, Handling Rejection; Pushing through Shyness: Networking Tips when You’re Shy, Slow to Warm Up or Just don’t Feel you Belong; and Real Questions about Sex & Relationships for Teens: A Discussion Guide for Parents. She has served on the boards of Goddard College, Wheelock Family Theatre, Boston Foundation for Architecture, and Discover Roxbury. She is currently Chair, Designators of the Henderson Foundation.

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