Last weekend we did something we haven’t done as a family in what seems like forever. We stayed home. We took care of catching up our accounting, cleaning, putting things away, going through things, taking a family walk, watching movies, reading and truly enjoying just being together.
It was so refreshing.
But we did it because we made a decision to say no to something.
It was the right decision for us because all weekend I had a smile on my face that we were exactly where we needed to be. And anyone else’s opinion didn’t matter.
As the holidays are here, how can we enjoy them if we are bogged down by so much. It could be as simple as clutter in your home, not being caught up with office tasks, all the way up to fear of losing your job or your home. Whatever you are battling, maybe this is a good time to say no to something. To catch up on some project or task.
Sometimes the go go go is overwhelming. I hope during this time of Thanksgiving you find time to stop, feel the sun’s warmth on your face, hug someone, and take time to truly be thankful.
In Spanish, Thanksgiving day translates to day of action of giving thanks. It’s a verb. Give thanks.
Can you give thanks today?
Thanksgiving has always been a frustrating holiday to me as it is often tied with my birthday, family, drama.
But as I am maturing and many of those people are gone, I am thankful for some of those memories.
We have a lot of animals to take care of this year. As much as we wanted to travel to family, it wasn’t going to happen this year. So our plan is to stay home. Each of us will cook a different piece of the meal.
We will probably play a few games and just enjoy not going anywhere.
The early deadline for the paper ended up being a blessing as I get a little extra family time.
Yes there is still work thrown in here and there but enough flexibility is built in, I can truly enjoy it.
I won’t lie, some of the things I wished for couldn’t happen.
But there are so many blessings to be counted. Enjoying life right where I am, as things are is an attitude and a practice. And I am the first to admit I don’t get it right all the time.
Some of the difficulties I struggle with is not allowing God’s timing.
When I am busy trying to fix some issue, force my way, or make someone try to be something they are not, I lose. I lose my peace, my joy, my serenity.
Today, right now, I am grateful. I am grateful for my life, my family, our animals, where we live, having a few days off, warmer temperatures, and so much more.
There was a time in my life when I couldn’t find anything to be grateful for. Some friends showed me what I had and it opened my eyes.
“When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around.” —Willie Nelson
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