Giving Thanks

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The Dallas Arboretum is one of my favorite places in DFW. If you think that they are just an oversized garden, then you're wrong. In the spring, they have Dallas Blooms (I wrote about it here), in the fall, they have pumpkin village (going on now through November 24th), and in the winter, they usually have some special feature.  A couple of years ago they had Chihuly and it was simply breathtaking!

The pumpkin is probably the most prominent symbol of fall. I'm all about PSLs, but I think that we need to reassess if the pumpkin should really hold that position. You don't see it much anymore (unless you are watching The Hunger Games), but the Cornucopia once symbolized the reflection of autumn. If you aren't familiar with  a cornucopia, it is a horn shaped object, often filled with  fruits, veggies, and gourds, showing the abundance of that year's crop. Essentially, a cornucopia serves as a visual reminder of what you have to be thankful for that year!

Can you imagine if this is how our society acted? I love gift giving and holiday cheer, but before we run full speed at Christmas, let's put a pause button on the gift guides. Let's choose to make the most of where we are right now. Look back to see how far you have come and acknowledge the blessings you have received along the way.

So, what are you thankful for? A lot of people do Thirty Days of Thanks -  being actively thankful for one specific thing each day of November. Some post it on social media, and some journal it for their future self, but a long as you are doing the exercise, that's all that matters. It could be as simple as being thankful for a working heater in the winter months, or as personal as the time spent with a family member before they passed on. By acknowledging your blessings each day, it will make you more understanding and loving with others. Who doesn't need help with that, from time to time? I know I do!

How do you celebrate Thanksgiving? Any special ritual of telling others/family members what you are thankful for?

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