First things first – HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!! Thanksgiving is the perfect time to surround yourself with family and friends and to give thanks for all of the blessings that you have received. It’s always easy to give thanks for the new house that we’ve purchased. It’s a given to praise our new relationship, engagement ring or sacred wedding vows. Oh, and don’t forget the celebrations of a new born child or a full-time job.
However, Thanksgiving is not a happy time for all people. Just ask the person whose parent just passed away. Speak to the person who was told their cancer has come back. What about the person that has been without a job for over a year and just wishes someone/anyone would give him/her a chance?
During Thanksgiving we always seem to focus on celebrating the BIG things in our lives. But when do we take the time to celebrate those small (yet equally important) things that we so often take for granted? This holiday season, try to leave some time to remember and give thanks to the valuable lessons you have learned. Maybe you feel fortunate for the sweet potato casserole recipe you grandmother taught you how to make. Perhaps it’s the fact that your next door neighbor always says hello in the morning as you head to work. Or what about your favorite artist or author coming out with a new CD or book? How about being thankful that you have two hours every Sunday afternoon to do nothing but relax?!
Regardless of your situation, just know that there are blessings all around you. If you can walk, see and speak – you’re more fortunate than someone else. If you have at least one friend that truly cares, you’re doing well. If there is some type of food on your table, your meal is a success. We all have times of trials and times of tribulations. If you’re currently at a low in your life, make sure you still celebrate the successes of those around you. Because, when your story changes and things start working out for the better, you’ll want those same people to be cheering for you. You are important. You are wonderful. You are valued. Thank you for being a part of the OnyxLouisville community. I appreciate you!
M.Y. November 2010