Dee Callahan Art Blog
It is already November. I don't know where this year went! It seems like only yesterday it was September, and all of a sudden October zipped on by. Maybe it was because I had lots of things going on in October, like a brother in the hospital, and a lot of traveling to do...maybe it was just that time passes by at the same rate for everyone, but for me it seemed to fly by at warp speed! In any case, It is November,and time for me to reflect on all that has gone by and all that I have to be thankful for this year!
First of all I would like to thank my family for being my backbone when times were tough. We all need a little help from time to time, so thank you for holding me up those times I was getting ready to fall... Secondly, Thank you for having faith in me so that I had faith in myself~ Thank you to all of those friends that I met here at ArtId who encouraged me and gave me their support. I don't need to mention names...you know who you are~~
Thanksgiving is coming up soon, and we all have so much to be grafteful for; even when we think that we don't! I know that the word " Attitude' ( with two t's... is a part of the word "Gratitude", and I would like to say that our attitudes have a lot to do with what we get out of life! When we give with gratitude in our hearts, we get even more in return. I have always believed this and it is what works for me... Some people don't feel that way, but maybe it's because they never truly tried it without ties;to see what they might feel inside. Thanksgiving is both a time for being thankful and a time for giving. That is why it is called Thanksgiving! I would like to tell you a little story about how my mother impressed this upon me at a very early age.
My Mother did not come from a well to do home, nor did she ever have very much, yet she was always grateful for whatever she had. She taught all of her 9 children to be thankful that they were blessed with 2 arms, 2 legs, 2 eyes, and a brain... a mind to think for themselves, and a heart to feel! Her biggest lesson to me was to count my blessings every single day;no matter what time of the year it was, and to also remember that there were always others out in this world who had even less...
She once showed me just how gracious and thankful she could be by offering a total stranger a cup pf coffee and a piece of toast, when she found the man outside of her house, just sitting on the lawn, obviously hungry and destitute. For this she received a BIG smile, and gratitude from this man's heart. Mom was not afraid of helping others whenever she could, even if it was her last cup of coffee and last slice of bread. She taught me that by giving we receive even more in return..That BIG smile was her reward.It made her day,infact it made her week! SHE WAS FULFILLED!!
We talked many times about helping others; especially during the holidays...( Mom was born on Christmas Day) and so it became a custom for me to invite over a couple or an individual for Thanksgiving to spend time with our family; and to have a nice hot home cooked meal together and always give thanks together as well. I have been doing this now for many years in my Mother's honor. Sometimes, it's a total stranger, like Mom favored, but other times it's someone that I have met who is less fortunate...sometimes it's a senior citizen or a latchkey kid, and sometimes it's a friend with no place to go... no family to be with or the like... In any case, I am always rewarded by the fact that they enjoy the hot home cooked meal that I delight in preparing with the love in my heart, placed there by my dear mother...so this Thanksgiving, think about what it is you have to be thankful for, and show some gratitude to someone who might least expect it. Life is way too short and we are all in this world together!
Take the time to count your blessings even when you aren't sure what they are. They may not be tangible, but they are definitely always there to be had, if you try! Don't sit on that stool waiting for things or people to come to you...Go out and make it happen yourself!! YOU CAN, if you'll just try!Take the "attitude: in "gratitude" and run with it, and see just how many little surprises you will find. My Blessings to you all~