“The antidote to fear is gratitude. The antidote to anger is gratitude. You can’t feel fear or anger while feeling gratitude at the same time.”
Happy Pre-Thanksgiving everyone!
I’m writing this newsletter from the comfort of my home. My family is cozy and healthy downstairs and soon I’ll cook dishes I can share with loved ones tomorrow—see recipes below! I am by all accounts blessed, and am in turn profoundly grateful.
Like many of you I have been angry, saddened, and confused about what’s happening in the world: the vitriol, the injustice, the sense that things are not as they should be.
So what are we to do? Eat dinner, and drink wine, and pretend all is well? No.
On the contrary, like I have said before: It’s GRATITUDE that propels us forward. Despair, rage, vengeance, those are draining emotions. Standing firmly in our present lives, taking stock, and being profoundly grateful for everything we have good and bad, gives us the space, the joy, and clarity to see where we are and where we need to go.
So be grateful, everyone, insistently grateful, heart-openingly grateful. Then use that good energy to make a difference: Whether you invite a straggler (even an annoying one) to Thanksgiving dinner, or you donate to the protesters at Standing Rock.
“We must risk delight.
There is no better defiance or fuel in the face of darkness than being grateful and stubbornly glad.
Wishing you all a wonderful and peaceful Thanksgiving.
As always, #WeGotThis!