OK, I do give a nod to the first snowflakes of the season by attempting to catch them on my tongue. No matter where I am. So, that's a start.
And I consider myself a thoughtful person. Still, I want to stay in those heartspace moments a little longer -- and guard against ruminating over the minor things.
The trick is to extend the heartspace so it provides the background tapestry. And then I can flip the switch and regain perspective. My niece, Caity, has a term for this: PIP. Put Into Perspective. We often remind each other to "PIP it."
Years ago I learned the two most important rules of life. Rule No. 1: Don't sweat the small stuff. Rule No. 2: It's almost all small stuff.
So, now seems like a good time to recommit to those principles. I was tempted to say this would be a good credo for the coming year. And then I thought, why wait?
That's the thing with me. I love new beginnings, and I frequently look forward to ushering them into my life as a package. My husband observes that I like to do all the research and get all the accessories before beginning the implementation. And his point is?
This is different though. After all, it's called the present. Why wait until some future time to incorporate the awareness?
In case you're wondering about the reference to Thanksliving at the beginning of the column, this term was coined four years ago in our family. My mother suffered a heart attack on Nov. 4 and made her transition on Nov. 20. Our family held vigil for the entire month of November.
During that time of extreme sadness and the grief that followed, we also recalled stories that led us to celebrate her life. This was all against a backdrop of the Thanksgiving season, so we tweaked it a bit to Thanksliving. And the name has stuck.
My wish for all of you is to live a life of thanksliving -- not just in the month of November, but all year 'round. And to acknowledge -- or take the necessary steps -- to know that your life is more whole than it's ever been.
Even if you have all four limbs.
Linda Arnold, M.A., MBA, is a certified wellness instructor, counselor and chairwoman/CEO of The Arnold Agency, a marketing communications firm with offices in West Virginia, Montana and Washington, D.C. Reader comments are welcome and may be directed to Linda Arnold, The Arnold Agency, 117 Summers St., Charleston, WV 25301 or emailed to livelifefu...@arnoldagency.com.