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Gratitude Unveiled: A Reflection on the Making of Sleep Lists' Thanksgiving Episode


As the crisp autumn air settles and the holiday season embraces us, I found myself pausing to reflect on the tapestry of my life—the threads that I've woven together, both within my immediate grasp and those extending beyond my reach. This introspection led to the creation of a special Thanksgiving episode for Sleep Lists, where I embarked on a journey of gratitude, exploring the myriad of things that bring a gentle spark of joy to my life.


It's important to note here that I don't embrace all the history of the holiday of US Thanksgiving. But I do embrace the idea of a holiday that centers gratitude.


Embracing the Circle of Responsibility

Considering the contents of my gratitude list, I began with the core elements of my existence—the sanctuary of my health, the intricate dance of my body, and the invaluable relationships that grace my days. These are the threads within my circle of responsibility, the elements I can nurture and cherish to enhance the quality of my life and the lives of those around me.


Beyond the Self: Community and Privilege

Yet, true appreciation extends beyond oneself. I acknowledged the privilege bestowed upon me—the opportunities, the experiences, and the support that have shaped my journey. This recognition prompted me to extend my gratitude to the wider community, a collective tapestry of diverse stories, struggles, and triumphs that enrich our shared existence.


Finding Joy in the Small Moments

The beauty of this Thanksgiving episode lies in its celebration of the seemingly mundane yet profoundly beautiful moments that grace our lives. From the melodies of favorite music to the enchanting presence of birds at my feeder, and the comforting warmth of my cat nestled on my lap, each item on the list serves as a whispered ode to the simple joys that often go unnoticed.


A Symphony of Reflection and Appreciation

The process of curating this list became a meditation—a deliberate practice of reflection and appreciation for the richness of life. It brought forth a sense of warmth and calm, a reminder of the beauty that surrounds us even in the quietest corners of our existence.


The Journey Continues

As I share this special Thanksgiving episode with you, dear Sleeplisters, I want to express my gratitude for your presence on this journey. Your support and engagement have been a source of inspiration, and I am truly thankful to be a part of your nighttime routine.


Looking ahead, I'm excited to announce that Season 3 of Sleep Lists will return with six new episodes starting on January 6th. The journey of gratitude, reflection, and gentle tranquility will continue, and I can't wait to share more moments of solace with you.


As we embrace the holiday season, may this Thanksgiving episode be a reminder to pause, reflect, and find joy in the small, exquisite details of life. From my heart to yours, thank you for being a part of this community.


Wishing you warmth, tranquility, and a Thanksgiving filled with moments of profound gratitude.


Signing off with lots of love,

Helen

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