I am thinking gratitude is a state of being, and giving thanks as an act. We keep practicing, and we become the action.
Then there is the day celebrated as "thanksgiving"; in Canada its celebrated on the second Monday in October, associated with the harvest time, and in the U.S its the fourth Thursday of November.
Great family holiday, one of the few where gifts, and shopping and traffic ordeals are not needed. Well maybe the traffic one is a stretch. As people do like to travel to be with their families and loved ones on this holiday.
Its always been a favorite holiday, with family and friends a reunion time. In our family we gather on the Sunday, the day before the holiday. It was logistics, kids returning to college on the Monday, and then also for selfish reasons of having a lazy morning after, before heading out to work.
So Lasagna with garlic bread, caesar salad and apple crumble, a long standing menu and everyones favorite. Always request to make extra Lasagna as "it tastes better the next day"....
So today the meat sauce (has to be meat, for those of us who are vegetarians, a separate casserole is made), is ready. Fresh meat, cooked for at least three hours, as the tastes all assimilate with the slow and extended cooking time. With preparations done, Sunday morning will be assembling and cooking, conversations wrapped with love and laughter.
Fall weather has been beautiful, the colors vibrant, the sunshine clear and the air crisp. Last night even the half moon seemed closer.
I give thanks, love abounds...
Rumi's words come as the autumn leaves fall: "inside of us, there's a continual autumn. Our leaves fall and are blown out over the water".