Happy Thanksgiving Weekend Y’all!
EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED
You may have landed here expecting a great thanksgiving recipe to ‘wow’ your guests, expecting inspiration for a centerpiece to adorn your thanksgiving dinner table or a kids crafts to occupy the kids or a list of things to see and do this Thanksgiving weekend (although this blog might be of help (link to Fall things to see & do). Well, expect the unexpected because while this blog will hopefully be a recipe of inspiration for you and the kids this weekend, it’s likely not what your expecting.
SEIZE THE MOMENT
For our little (big) family of 7 there won’t be the traditional thanksgiving dinner with extended family, there won’t be turkey and stuffing and grandma’s Brussels sprouts, aunties potatoes or uncles tasty ham. It will just be the 7 of us, spending the weekend together without the hectic athletic, work and social calendar…and for that I am grateful. Yes we will miss the extended family but we will have each other and with the kids growing up and schedules changing I am excited to seize the moment.
AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE
It’s Thanksgiving and while some things we do this weekend may be less traditional you can be sure we will find a moment to reflect on all that we are grateful for. Just recently I read this wise quote of Zig Ziglar:
Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions.
The more you express gratitude for all you have,
The more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.
Don’t get me wrong, life isn’t always easy. The truth is that life can be difficult, challenging and well…crumby and we all will struggle, but the best way to make it through is to count your blessings.
COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS
The idea is that once you take a moment to be mindful and think of all you are thankful for you can’t help but feel grateful and happy because you realize there is so much to be thankful for. This world, nature, my community, coffee in my cup, milk on my cereal and food in my fridge, a comfy pillow to rest my head, shoes for my feet, a place to work, ears to listen and listening ears, hands to hold, a heart that beats, the breath in my lungs and the gift of today.
Stop. Reflect. As you make your way through the day make a gratitude list.
Suddenly we will realize that we really do have so much to be thankful for.
Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more.
It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…
it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.
– Melody Beattie