It’s a beautiful day here in Massachusetts- the land of the very first Thanksgiving. Just over a year ago I never would have guessed I would be settling in New England… but here I am.
Yesterday I wrote about being thankful for growth and self-acceptance, which has been a daily practice for me in 2017. I usually don’t give much thought to the holidays- being a (recovering) nomad and forever a free spirit, I’ve spent Thanksgiving by myself or with friends these past few years. I have always felt more connected to spirit than to places or people- I am fine being alone and can make a home anywhere. Both of my parents have their own lives and places to go, so I haven’t had a “home base” since my mother sold the house I grew up in back in 2014. To me, holidays are simply just days; although it’s nice to have a reason to share it with family, I think it’s even more important to acknowledge gratitude 365 days out of the year.
Even on the darkest days, there is always something to be thankful for.
There has been endless negativity in the media this past year (although I refuse to watch TV, I can’t escape internet headlines), from our presidential administration to the Hollywood accusations. Each time I hear about another scandal, shooting, or attack, I am finally able to turn my fear into faith and my anger into gratitude. It all infuriates me, but it also motivates me to speak up and do my part to be the best person I can be each day.
It can be difficult to stay grounded in a world that has become so chaotic- which is why I am especially grateful for the spiritual foundation I have developed this past year. Am I religious? No. Do I follow anyone else’s guidelines or rules? Never. But, I have the best guidance there is: my own intuition, which is a manifestation of source energy. Through this year of growth, I have learned to let go of the day- to-day earthly minutia and connect with something much greater.
This year I have also learned I am what some may call a lightworker (the link to the video is awesome) and an empath. These are gifts that we don’t learn we have when we are growing up; instead, people like me are considered loners, overly sensitive, temperamental, and even ADHD. Empaths are prone to addiction and unhealthy behaviors to numb out the world around us, because the stimulation and energy can be too much to handle. As someone who takes on the vibrations of everyone around me, I used to either stay home to avoid others or drink too much to tolerate the people around me.
Today, life is all about balance.
I no longer spend time with people who drag me down- most of my friends these days also consider themselves lightworkers. We have the need to help others, have a strong sense of purpose, and know we were put on this earth to carry a bigger message.
This year, I am thankful to see the light.
No matter what you are thankful for this year or where you are spending the holiday, please remember to remind yourself each and every day of the gifts in your life. Even when this world feels crazy, know that you are protected.
Just look for the light.