It’s Sunday morning. I’m busy preparing for the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. And I’m taking a few minutes out to share with you the critical importance of gratitude in your money mindset.
In a few hours from now, my family and I will enjoy dinner in a little hut in our garden. The walls are made of wood, the roof is bamboo reeds and palm leaves, and white sheets decorated with home-made art projects + some store bought posters and streamers hang over the wooden boards.
For seven days, we will dwell in this temporary structure. And remember G-d’s Divine Providence and Protection when He brought the Jewish People out of Egypt 3500+ years ago and watched over them as they wandered for 40 years in the desert.
And how He continues to watch over us and protect each one of us today.
It’s time to press the pause button on our trials and tribulations and tap into the everyday abundance in which we live.
You have a roof over your heads. It may be mortgaged to the hilt but you are protected.
You have food to eat, clothes to wear, family and friends who love you.
Your eyes are a magnificent creation that enable you to see colors, shape, size, depth, beauty.
Your mouth tastes food in all its varieties – sweet, sour, salty, wet, crunchy, hot, cold.
Your hands can carry, shape, grab, type, sew, wash and caress.
Your feet carry you wherever you want to go. (My knees are a bit wonky sometimes, but that doesn’t hold me back from going on a morning walk.)
Our hearts beat, blood courses through our bodies. We inhale and exhale air to provide life sustaining oxygen.
And I’ve only scratched the surface.
The wooden hut in my garden reminds me that our lives are only temporary. And most of us have enough of what we really, really need.
For the next seven days, I’m challenging you. Be grateful for and joyous with everything you have today.
Let’s commit to gratitude for the abundance in our lives. Right now.
And when we feel that abundance with every cell of our body, it’s so much easier to feel calm, nourished and satisfied.
And to sort out our money.
Wishing you a Chag Sameach.
Image of ‘Woman Sewing’ courtesy of Steven Depolo/Ficker.com