The Importance of Giving Thanks

October 4, 2016

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Canadian Thanksgiving is this Monday and aside not believing how quickly it has crept up I have recently been thinking about all of the things I am grateful for in my life.

Sometimes it is so easy to get wrapped up in the frivolities and stresses of the every day, but when I take a step back to really think about all of the things that I am blessed with, I realize that material possessions come last on that list. Yesterday Milo was attacked by a dog at the park. He’s completely fine besides a sore bite but it did make me realize once again how quickly a perfectly normal day can turn in an instant. Life and love is the most precious thing we have on this earth and this months post by Blare June could not have come at a more perfect time. So without further adieu please enjoy the Latest Instalment from Blare June:

With Canadian Thanksgiving just days away, not only has harvest season officially arrived but a weekend of turkey and pumpkin pie is just around the corner. Thanksgiving is a special weekend in October that is often centered on a hearty meal with family and friends. Although food is usually high on the radar, this upcoming weekend is truly about reflecting on blessings that have occurred over the past year. With the hustle and bustle of life, it is not uncommon to be consumed and preoccupied by the daily grind. Although it is easy to get wrapped up in what may later feel like trivial stress, it is important to always remain thankful for the blessings we currently each have.

Below are 3 simple ways you can be mindful of your blessings and remain thankful all year round!

1. Feeling Healthy
What is life if your health is compromised? Whether it is a chronic disorder or a terminal illness, feeling unwell physically or mentally can result in daily functional impairment. As a result of working as a physician, I am constantly reminded of how fortunate I am to be healthy. Although not everyone spends their workdays in the hospital, everyone can take time to be mindful of their own health. I recommend signing up for that spin class you have been wanting to try or going for a crisp evening walk…taking the time to be mindful of your own health will not only result in being more thankful but will aid in even better health going forward. Another great way to reflect on how fortunate you are to be healthy is to sign up to volunteer at your local hospital.

2. Friends & Family
As much as friends and family may be a top priority, we can sometimes take their company for granted. Whether it is bickering with your siblings or short ‘yes’ and ‘no’ answers to your mom’s multiple ‘check-in’ phone calls per day, we sometimes forget to be thankful for the continuous love and support we receive from others. Show your appreciation to those who matter the most by hosting an appreciation brunch or by sending snail mail (oh how special it is to receive a letter in the mail). The special people in your life will not only feel valued but they may just continue this appreciative gesture. What’s better than a gift that keeps on giving?

3. It’s The Little Things In Life
One of my favorite things to do is to enjoy a cappuccino with my closest girlfriends at a specialty café. Many of us are fortunate enough to be able to spend some extra cash on a coffee, nail appointments or sporadic trips to the mall. I admit, I am not always mindful with all of my purchases and I can sometimes take daily indulgences for granted. The thing is, not everyone has this luxury. Not even mentioning those whom live in countries without clean water and access to food, many individuals who live in our beautiful country are stressing how they will put food on the table each week. I am not saying to not enjoy your daily latte or your monthly pedicures, I
am sure as heck not going to be stopping, but perhaps picking up a coffee on the way out and handing it to someone in need or volunteering at a soup kitchen/food bank. What may be a morning ritual for you may just bring warmth and comfort to another.

Let’s not only be mindful of our blessing this weekend but remain thankful throughout the year by engaging in these simple steps above! Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

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