In the United States, we are preparing to celebrate Thanksgiving. This means cooking a large turkey and additional side dishes: peas, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, and more. This doesn’t include desserts like pie, all kinds of pies. Then you watch a football game, where many of the watchers fall asleep because they ate too much. Turkey has amino acid tryptophan and it is often blamed for all this sleepiness. In reality, it is the combination of a huge meal with contains the amino acid tryptophan and lots of carbohydrates that can make you sleepy.
I know Thanksgiving looks like a foodie celebration. It is really a lot more. On my husband’s mother’s side of the family tree, there is an ancestor that came over on the Mayflower. For those early pilgrims, the New World they found was very harsh in winter and many died from disease and starvation. If it wasn’t for the Native American Squanto saving the day and teaching them how to plant food in this new world’s soil, the Plymouth Colony might have died out.
Thanksgiving was and is a celebration of gratitude, being grateful you’re alive, having food and shelter, having loved ones, and having a future.
Having gratitude is an attitude that gives you a clearer perspective on your life. With that thought in mind, several times a year, I write a Gratitude List. I feel tremendously better and stronger after writing it. Think what are you grateful for? Here is a part of mine for an example.
Gratitude List (I usually date it.) I don’t number it, because I’m not ranking anyone or anything.
I am grateful for:
-my life and to the doctors, nurses, and staff at my hospital
– a home
-food on the table
-my continued passion for writing
This is just a portion of my list. It goes on and on. Consider making a gratitude list of your own, to keep things in perspective of what is really important in your life.
Adding to my list is that I am grateful for my editor. Without her, The Vampire with a Blanket of Stars wouldn’t have been published.
Wishing you and yours a love-filled Thanksgiving!
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!
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