Thanksgiving is a good time to think about all the things for which we can be thankful (obviously, “thanks” is in the name.) But to go a little deeper and think about the things that have worked out for us, against all odds, is sometimes surprising and satisfying.
What pops to my mind right away is my recent trip to Italy. I still have to pinch myself at times to remind myself that it really happened. It was such a fabulous trip and I find myself looking back over all the pictures, frequently. I did a lot of work to make that trip happen but I also got a lot of help from the universe. Examples are that there were many hoops to jump through because of the pandemic and much of that was out of my control and I did the trip on a shoestring budget. There was much serendipity around the people who showed up for me on this trip, from spending time with Dan in Venice after not seeing him for two decades, to Brad joining me for a week, to the new friends I made in Florence.
I guess my short sweet message today is to encourage everyone to be aware of all that there is to be grateful for in life and to focus on those things rather than on things or situations that are less than ideal. If you have the choice to think life is working against you OR that life is rigged in your favor, choose the latter… and see what happens.