A Day of Gratitude

In Canada, we will celebrate Thanksgiving Day this coming Monday.  It is a time to give thanks for a good harvest and perhaps celebrate other good things that have happened this year.

Horn-of-Plenty

Previously I regarded this day as a day to get together with family and enjoy a nice meal.  Nothing more really.

Since my accident last year, I now take the idea of being thankful a bit more seriously.  I actually have a Gratitude Journal that has regular entries.  Writing down things that I am grateful for has been good therapy for me.  I had a few months there were I was quite confused as to my purpose on this planet and what was really the point of being here?

When I began to write in my Gratitude Journal it brought a new perspective to my life.  Simple things became even more important than before and brought me more pleasure.  Simple things such as having dinner with my family every night, playing games with my kids, having a hot bath, taking a walk in the park, eating a fresh apple, etc.

Keeping a Gratitude Journal is pretty simple.  I have a small book just for this purpose and a few times a week I write a list of things that I am grateful for.  Anything from ‘waking up this morning’ to ‘the sun shining’, to ‘hugging the kids’.  Really anything goes here.

It is interesting what I come up with.  I don’t repeat anything so that I keep me looking for new things to be thankful for.  Instead of focusing on things that aren’t making feel me happy, I have found myself thinking, ‘Oh I can write that down in my Gratitude Journal’.  It keeps positive thoughts in my head and pushes out the negative ones.  It keeps me more optimistic and less self-centered.  I like that.

So on Monday, Thanksgiving Day, I plan to make an extra long list of all the things that I am grateful for..

I also plan to spend time with my family and enjoy a delicious meal.  We always have a potluck dinner at my mom’s and so I was thinking of bringing a wild rice salad, baked spaghetti squash and a yummy dessert that I have not thought of yet.

Here is my recipe for Wild Rice Salad.  Enjoy!

Barbara’s Wild Rice Salad

Prepare this the day before and let marinate overnight. You will be glad that you did as the flavor really pops when you do this. Remember to then soak the rice the day before that.

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Ingredients to serve about 6 people
Choose organic ingredients, whenever possible
If cooking-1 cup wild rice, rinsed and soaked overnight
3 cups water for cooking only
If eating raw– 2 cups wild rice, rinsed and soaked 24 hours
½ red onion, minced
1 cup cauliflower, chopped into small florettes
1 cup grape tomatoes, cut in half
1 cup cucumber, finely chopped
½ cup pecans or walnuts, finely chopped
1 large handful parsley, minced
1 handful fresh basil, minced
½ cup dried cranberries (optional-only if your digestion allows it)
2 cups spinach, for placing on a plate to put the marinated salad on

Dressing/Marinade Ingredients:
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup Bragg’s Liquid Aminos
1 large lemon juiced
2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar or apple cider vinegar
2 cloves garlic, pressed
Procedure:

  • If cooking, boil the water with the soaked rice, reduce to low heat, cover and let simmer for about 40 minutes until water is absorbed. Once cooked, add to the prepared vegetables
  • If keeping the recipe raw, re-rinse the soaked rice and place in a large bowl.
  • Prepare all vegetables and place in the bowl
  • Combine all marinade ingredients in a glass jar. Stir to mix and add ½ to rice and chopped vegetables. Stir, taste and decide if you wish to add more. If yes, add ½ of what is left. Save what is remaining to add the day of, if necessary
  • When ready to serve, arrange spinach on a fancy plate and put the rice on top.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Comments

  1. Corinna says

    I love my gratitude journal. It is a good way to remind me where I am at and when my perspective needs shifting.
    The recipe sounds delicious. I have to try it soon.

  2. Dena Clayton says

    Barbara, thank you for the rice salad recipe. I am going to put some wild rice in to soak tonight.

    Reading about your gratitude journal is inspiring me to begin a fresh one, as that practice has slipped out of mind for a while – quite a while. I like that you said you don’t repeat any gratitudes, since repeating them was sort of clogging up my list. It will be more interesting to read over from time to time minus the repetition.

    Blissings,
    ~ Dena

  3. Kelvin says

    Thank you for the reminder to be grateful…for the small things in life! Sometimes we take things for granted. I like the idea of a gratitude journal, especially forcing yourself to write something new each time.

    Happy Thanksgiving !!

    • Barbara Dolan says

      Thank you for the comments, Kelvin. I am very thankful for beginning the gratitude and I hope that you will be too. Take care

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