A Bittersweet Thanksgiving

November 28, 2014 | Written with Love By: Shaina Leis

It’s a time of giving thanks, celebration, feast and time with our loved ones. But this year, Thanksgiving feels different. My dad, whom passed away just two months ago, isn’t here.

How can I possibly enjoy the sweetness of this wonderful holiday when I still have a bitter taste from such a life-changing event?

But, in a very real way, I am thankful. I am thankful to have had a relationship with my dad, something so many people aren’t blessed with. I am thankful to have spent extra time with him before he passed. I am thankful to have had the chance to said goodbye. I am thankful to have a permanent guardian angel by my side.

Knowing that I’m in charge of how I feel at every moment, I choose to look at even the most heartbreaking of situations from a place of love and peace. I can’t change what has transpired, but I can change how I view it.

We all can.

In the midst of the Ferguson riots around the country, I can only hope that others begin to act from the same place of peace- recognizing that they are responsible for their own thoughts surrounding the facts, resulting in their own actions.

This is not about blame. In fact, it is never about blame.

Know that feeling angry and hate in your heart is a choice that you’re making.
Know that feeling peace and love in your heart is a choice that can be made.

I invite everyone to look at his or her present life, no matter what the
circumstances, and see it from a sweet perspective.

Not just today, but everyday.

Happy Thanksgiving to all. Be grateful for what you have. Find peace within
yourself. Give thanks for the unknown blessings already on their way.

Be the beauty you want to see in the world.