We all have things in life that we wish we could change. If only we had (blank) then life would be so much easier. Sometimes it is easier to complain and it often takes a lot less thought. However, this week is about Thanksgiving and giving thanks. I don’t care how horrible your life may seem, there are many blessings surrounding you. The fact that you made it to enjoy another Thanksgiving is a blessing. What about the simple fact that you have two eyes and ten fingers to be able to read and scan through the newsletter? Not everyone does.
The holidays can be a time of pain. Many of us have lost loved ones over the years and this time of year is just not the same. While I share that pain, I also find joy in the world around me. My past holiday traditions will never exist again. However, I look forward to one day starting new ones. Sometimes you just have to be patient.
It’s interesting to me that the day after we give thanks for all of our blessings is called “Black Friday”. It’s sometimes the day we act our worse. You find people pushing through lines, stealing parking spots, cursing at the cashier and/or maxing out credit cards. Thanksgiving needs to last more than one day. We have to do better. So while you’re out this weekend, remember to give back and appreciate the simple things around you!
M.Y. November 2007