This Thanksgiving, I’m grateful for my health, my family, and my friends. I’m also grateful for the many blessings that have been bestowed upon me. I hope you’ll pause on this day to ponder those elements of your life for which you are thankful.
When you’re The Doyenne of Death®, discussing and thinking about mortality daily, you really appreciate life and good health. Make the most of each day by being truly present. Drop resentments and negative emotional baggage that only weighs you down. Get outside, take a deep breath of fresh air, and look for the beauty that surrounds us.
I’m especially grateful for the love and support of my family and friends. They’ve been there for me through thick and thin, and I know that they’ll always be there for me.
Sure, there are those people who annoy us greatly. Consider them a test of your ability to forgive and be magnanimous. Work to spread blessings, not curses.
I’m also grateful for my health. I’m blessed to be able to wake up each morning and enjoy all that life has to offer. These past two pandemic years remind us of the preciousness of good health. Do not take your health for granted – do some exercise every day, even if it’s just a quick walk in your neighborhood. You can ride a stationary bicycle or do hand-weight work while you watch TV.
Lastly, I’m grateful for all the blessings bestowed upon me. I’m truly blessed to have so much to be thankful for. This year, I’ve revived my podcast, The Doyenne of Death®, drafted a manual on how you can hold a Before I Die Festival to get end-of-life planning conversations started and I’ve safely traveled to several funeral industry conventions without catching COVID-19.
As I reflect on all that I’m grateful for this Thanksgiving, I’m filled with love, happiness, and hope for the future. Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving, happy holidays, and a great New Year, filled with health, wealth, and success.
Gail Rubin, Certified Thanatologist and The Doyenne of Death®, is an award-winning speaker, author, podcaster, and coordinator of the Before I Die New Mexico Festival (www.BeforeIDieFestivals.com). She is also a Certified Funeral Celebrant. Her three books on planning ahead for end-of-life issues – A Good Goodbye, Hail and Farewell, and Kicking the Bucket List – are available through Amazon and her website, www.AGoodGoodbye.com.
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