Please welcome with me our guest author — Laura Strickland
At this time of year, our thoughts naturally turn to giving thanks. And when we start thinking about it, we realize we have any number of things for which to be grateful, from the fanciful to the profound: our families and friends, our health, an affectionate greeting from a pet, a warm bowl of soup on a cold day, that chocolate bar someone kindly decides to share with us. When you contemplate it, there’s no end of reasons to be thankful.
When we were young and we asked for or received a gift, our parents, grandparents or other guiding adults would often prompt, “What’s the magic word?” It didn’t take us long to learn that “Please” and “Thank you” not only opened doors but lifted us to a level where we traded in good will and honorable intentions. When those around us grant us something, a gift or a favor, we grant them the respect they are due in return.
When you think about gratitude, it’s very much a spiritual thing. You can’t see it, point to it or taste it; you can’t hold it in your hand. But anyone who’s ever picked out a gift for someone with great care, imagined how much he or she will enjoy it and sent it to the recipient only to be met with silence and not so much as a hint of a “thank you” knows we definitely feel its lack. I think, in that way, it’s like love – a commodity so valuable, yet so taken for granted, we often miss the fact that it virtually makes our world go round.
What if those simple words, “Thank you”, truly were magic words? What if we could verbally wave them like magic wands and invite the things we desire into our lives, just the way they seemed to come when we were kids? What if gratitude is the yang to the ying of our desires, what we need to employ in order to balance out the lack? I think it’s just possible they are magic words. But there’s a catch – like all magic, they can’t be used carelessly or paid lip service. For the magic to work, we have to feel the gratitude.
Feelings are vibrations that seem to collect and gather up other feelings and occurrences on the same wavelength. If you doubt it, just think about a “bad” day you had. Maybe it started with you oversleeping and waking up late. Of course it’s on the morning when you have an important meeting that you absolutely can’t miss. Immediately, you feel panic nibbling at your toes. Before you even get out of bed you’re vibrating as discordantly as a broken wind chime in a gale force wind.
So, what happens next? You get up in a hurry and stub your toe. There’s no hot water for a shower and your hair ends up looking like it hasn’t been washed in a week. Coffee might just save you, but the coffee maker springs a leak and floods half the kitchen. Cursing to yourself like a sailor, your emotions in shreds, you rush out to your car, muttering dire threats. “Don’t you dare pick this day to play that trick where you don’t start, or I swear I’ll scrap you!” Naturally, the car doesn’t start. Because by now you’re in such a funk you’re attracting every single event that supports your downward spiral.
Magic plays a big part in my newly-released Historical Romance, Daughter of Sherwood, but it’s a practical magic that resides in Sherwood Forest, the repository of the devotion, faith and belief of all those who have lived there and passed on. My heroine, Wren, learns that to wield its power she has to choose love over fear, or basically the positive over the negative. I propose that this wonderful, magical power can also work in our lives. Just as black dress slacks attract white pet hair, our dark emotions attract the things we don’t want into our lives. But gratitude can only bring more things for which to be grateful.
This year when Thanksgiving ends, why not hang on to those wise, warm and wonderful feelings, those realizations that yes, life’s actually been pretty good to you? When you wake up in the morning, why not take those first few moments to list all the pluses in your life? They’ll crowd the minuses right out of your head and you just might continue adding to that list all day. Just whisper a heart-felt, fervent “Thank you.” I promise you won’t stub your toe. And the car will start.
After all, it’s magic!
DAUGHTER OF SHERWOOD: The Guardians of Sherwood Trilogy Book One
Raised in the kitchens of Nottingham Castle, Wren has no idea she is the daughter of the legendary Robin Hood until she is summoned to Sherwood Forest. Since Robin’s death many years before, the resistance against Norman tyranny has been upheld by a magical triad, but now one of the guardians has died. With two young men, Sparrow and Martin, Wren must form a new triad with a bond strong enough to defend Sherwood’s magic. To one of them, she will also give her heart.
From the moment Wren bursts into his life, Sparrow loves her. But he knows she may choose his lifelong rival, Martin, as her mate. Martin wants Wren also, but Sparrow fears Martin is driven not by love but ambition. When Martin is captured and held at Nottingham Castle, will the conflict between love and duty destroy the triad?
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Author web page: www.laurastricklandbooks.com
Thanks Laura for joining us today.