November first is a holiday in my home. Halloween is (blessedly) over, there is discounted candy at every store, we are less than three glorious weeks away from Thanksgiving break, and Starbucks puts out their holiday drink menu. Christmas is now just around the corner and at last it isn’t utterly absurd to turn on a little Bing Crosby and begin making space for my Christmas tree, is it? So if you need me today I’ll be lighting Christmassy scented candles and sipping my gingerbread latte. Today is a day for celebration.
Really, though, I believe all days are worth celebrating. Step out your front door and see the last of those crunchy leaves swirling in the wind. Look up and see how that brilliant blue sky stretches endlessly out over our heads. Breathe in and feel the way oxygen lights your lungs with life. Reach out for the hand of that precious human next to you and know what it means to be loved. Step forward into your day and notice your astoundingly lovely right-now life.
It’s trendy to make lists of things your grateful for in November. It’s tradition to ponder all the blessings in your life this time of the year. And I think it’s a wonderful thing that each year we’re given a season set aside to practice thanksgiving. But the problem about trends and traditions is that they easily become trite and mindless. Rattle off those good things in your life – food, shelter, friends, family – and let’s get on to the turkey. I know I’m guilty of this, you probably are too.
I want this November to be different. I want to be acutely aware of every little gift dropped onto my path, to actually fix my eyes on the lavish blessings poured into my days, flooding my life with goodness. I am done with rote repetition of things I should be thankful for. I am over this mechanical way of expressing gratitude. I am ready to inhale the tantalizing smells wafting from the oven, to taste each drop of flavor on my tongue, to look intently into the eyes of people I love, to feel the warmth of my home each time I enter, to hear the sound of the wind as it howls and geese as they migrate and and voices as they sing.
It’s all before me, it’s all in my life at this very minute. All I have to do is notice.
Let’s not fast-forward through this season. Skipping ahead, wishful thinking, getting caught up in what’s ahead instead of what’s right here – this will only break us into fragmented pieces of our true selves, sliced up and spread out. Let’s gather our whole selves into one place instead as we sit in the moment for a bit. Let’s ground ourselves in reality. Let’s be present and alive to our right now lives.
I know it’s not always easy to stay present, to overflow with thanksgiving as we go through our daily routines and tend to the tasks of the moment. So I’ve created a list of daily prompts for you to take with you through the month ahead. One thing a day happening in your right-now life to think about, to pay attention to, to give thanks for. There’s a printable version with space to keep track of your own thoughts to put in your bullet journal, to hang on the fridge, or place on your nightstand. And also one you can download to your phone to post on social media or store with your photos. CLICK HERE to enter your name and email here and begin to notice your right-now life.