Wesley Rosselet submitted this blog to us several weeks ago as part of our #LiveThankfully theme. We wanted to share it with you on this Thanksgiving holiday. We are reminded by Wesley to slow down and live thankfully not just today, but throughout the Holiday Season. Thank you Wes. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Submitted By Wesley Rosselet
Well here we are on the cusp of the Christmas season. If you're anything like me it's easy to lose sight of more than just plunging through the daily and weekly routine. Left to our own devices, I think most of us focus on simply maintaining the status quo and surviving the daily grind. One reason thankfulness doesn't come very naturally to us is that it takes effort; not just a little either but some serious effort. We have to rip our eyes off of our goals for the future and stop focusing on the parts of our life that aren't going according to our plans and we have to look at what's behind us and where we're coming from. Our American mindset is exceedingly pragmatic and celebrating what we've already got going on for us doesn't solve any of our problems or move towards the future from a practical standpoint. Gratefulness has strong emotional, mental and spiritual benefits, though, and I think is well worth the effort it takes to achieve. Instead of feeding our insatiable appetite for more we have the opportunity to slow ourselves down to remember victories we have won and things we can enjoy right here and now. The absurd thing is that by unswervingly pressing towards our future goals and plans we actually rob ourselves of any significant peace and joy. By the time we achieve our plans for the future we have a brand new set of goals and plans in place to keep moving towards, forgetting that the past several weeks, months and years have been spent in pursuit of that which we forget about almost as soon as we've succeeded. So this season let's all slow down a little bit, forget for a couple of weeks about the feverish pursuits we have for the future and enjoy some of the things we've all taken for granted.
1) Friends and family. Let's start with one that you didn't even have to work for. All of us have been built for community and when we let busyness get in the way of fellowship, suffering always follows. Take some time and enjoy your friendships for a couple of weeks.
2) Food. We're soon entering a time of year known for sumptuous, delectable treats: hot chocolate, peppermint candy canes, eggnog, roasted nuts, and turkey, just to name a few. And if you're a member of Rising Sun Snacks... well that just opens a new door to seasonal fare. Enjoy the foods of the season!
3) Shelter. It might sound silly to add our houses to the list of things we're thankful for but one thing I learned on my bicycle trip is that it's truly a wonderful thing to have a roof over our heads every single night. Enjoy having heat & dryness when the weather is less than favorable.
4) Health. If a cold or mild case of the flu is all you have to deal with this winter, you are blessed. It's amazing to me how quickly we all complain at the first sign of deteriorating health but weeks or months go by with perfect health and we don't think twice about it.
Instead of plunging through the holiday season with tunnel vision focused on December 26th or January 2nd, let's all slow down, not just today but during the coming months and remember how lavishly we are all blessed. Give thanks! Happy Thanksgiving!
Wesley Rosselet successfully traveled across America on his trusty bike, "Fledge," this Summer. Wes left Rehoboth Beach, Delaware on April 27, 2015 and through hard work and determination arrived in San Francisco, CA on July 26, 2015. Throughout his journey, Wes raised funds and awareness for ALS - Lou Gehrig's Disease!
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