It’s almost Thanksgiving! So – do you have plans?
I hope you have connected with friends or family and will share a delicious meal and give thanks. If you haven’t yet made that connection, it’s not too late. If you don’t want to be alone on Thanksgiving, reach out to someone else who is alone, and create your own feast.
Thanksgiving has become my favorite holiday. It just about being together. There’s no specific politics or religion attached. It’s the only holiday that is centered around one idea – that we are blessed. That we have much to be thankful for.
This year, no matter what your situation, relationship status, financial or career status, no matter what you have to grumble about, this is a time to pause the complaining, take a break from your worry about the future or regret about the past, and just be thankful.
Take a moment right now, while you’re reading this and look around you. Just look, right here, right now. You are blessed. I challenge you to say Thank You out loud. Direct it to God. Direct it to your neighbor. Direct it to your friend or family member. Say Thank You for…. And start listing the people in your life, the animals, the things in your home, the experiences you have had, the money in your account, the food in your kitchen, the bed you sleep on, the friends who love you, the body that carries you around.
Say Thank You. Once more and with meaning.
I find it soooo easy to focus on what I don’t have. But what I focus on grows. Or, what you appreciate appreciates! If I focus on what I don’t have in my life, what I don’t have just gets bigger. If I focus on the blessings in my life, my blessings grow. It’s a law of the universe.
This Thanksgiving, and through the holidays, as you face what is often the most beautiful and also for many the most lonely time of the year, I’d like to challenge you. Say Thank You. Tell your friends and loved ones how much they mean to you. Express your gratitude by helping out those less fortunate.
It may not “cure” your loneliness, but it will warm your heart, and fill that space with love.
After all, isn’t that what it’s all about?
Steve and I are thankful for YOU, and wish you and your loved ones a joyous Thanksgiving celebration.