Wednesday, November 29, 2017

More Hygge (Hoo-gah) and the Attitude of Gratitude

This is the "turkey" vegetable platter my daughter made for out Thanksgiving.



Before I share my "Dealing and Healing" post I wanted to slip this one in on Thanksgiving.  First of all, I hope you all had a very blessed one, full of family, food, fun and hygge (hoo-gah) I also, hope you spent some time meditating on the many things you have to be thankful for , thanking the Lord for all your blessings.
Hygge (hoo-gah)  the reason I keep showing you the pronunciation of hygge (hoo-gah) is because I want you to say the word in your head not just see it because it's so much fun to say, "Hoo-gah.  Hoogah." Go ahead say it out loud, "Hoo-gah".  Fun right? 
Anyway, Thanksgiving is a very hygge (hoo-gah) kind of day.  We spend it celebrating with family and friends over a delicious meal( in which normally many have contributed),we decorate, share our blessings and talk.  We may play games or go for walks or watch movies and/or sports together.  We did all these things at our Thanksgiving and it was a great time.

Setting the atmosphere,  and participating in hygge  type of activities is something we do naturally on Thanksgiving.  It's the way we make it a special day. but these are things we should try to include in our every day lives to make them special as well.  Maybe not do everything at once, like we do on Thanksgiving. But hygge is a lifestyle and how we celebrate Thanksgiving gives us examples of things we can create in our daily lives.
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, and the hygge factor is a big reason why but let's not lose one of the most important things about it in all this hygge (though it is really a part of hygge). Thanksgiving is a time of giving thanks (hence the name), it's about the attitude of gratitude.  It is a time to pause from our busy lives and meditate and reflect on all the good things our Lord has provided us (our families, friends, whatever good health we might posses, shelter, food, love). We should all go to God in prayer and thank Him for our lives all the comforts and joys He supplies.

As with hygge, thankfulness should be something else that we should work on a daily basis, not just on Thanksgiving.  Think of how much better our days would be if we focused on our blessings and gratefulness rather than on complaining and discontentment.

God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say “thank you?”
 ~William A. Ward

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