Here we are, Thanksgiving! And then Christmas and then New Years. Whew I am tired already! LOL
Thanksgiving - a time to be thankful, a time for gratitude. I like how in Spanish it is Dia del accion de gracias, the action of thanks.
To me it says thankfulness is something we work at.
When I am struggling it is hard to find things to be thankful for. I have to work at it.
I had a terrible cold over the weekend and fear that it will carry on through Thanksgiving. And will it ruin our plans?
Watching people go about their lives made me start pitying myself.
Then I started my “What am I thankful for,” list in my head.
Suddenly I felt stronger, more empowered.
For someone this is their first Thanksgiving without a loved one.
For someone else, the day isn’t what it once was. Maybe they can’t gather this year. Or maybe you were expecting something that didn’t happen?
I have been there in many of those scenarios. Thanksgivings and holidays in general I wished would just go away. But maybe that makes the good times even sweeter.
We had a little work done to the inside of our house to update and freshen it. My cousins bought me a ceiling fan for my living room. And I am in love with it!
We are having family come to our house for Thanksgiving/my birthday. Did I mention it’s my birthday? haha.
When someone asked me what I wanted, I didn’t have an answer. I have so much already.
That wasn’t always the case and at some point it may be again. But just for today, I am going to enjoy. I might have a drink. I might take a walk. Or sit by the fire.
I plan to hug and laugh and be grateful.
Maybe because of the politics of the world, you might be losing your job or already lost it. Maybe you don’t know where your next meal is coming from?
I have been there too.
This holiday may not be your favorite, maybe it never was.
They say there is always something to be grateful for. Maybe you can be grateful the holiday will be over and you can return to your normal life on Friday.
Or maybe you can be grateful you aren’t sick or you aren’t in a hospital or you are in a hospital but you have people around you to love.
I don’t know. To everything there is a season right?
I am thankful I have been so busy battling this cold for a week that I haven’t stared into the mirror focusing on getting older or heavier or saggier.
I leave you with a Melody Beattie quote, “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”
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