Wednesday, November 23, 2016

     As Thanksgiving approaches, we can all focus on whatever we choose. We can choose to stress about getting the food ready, the house cleaned, the decorations ready, the hair and nails done, or we can think about how lucky we are that we have food, clothes, money to decorate, hair that’s not falling out and nails that can still scratch an itch.

     As Thanksgiving approaches, we can all focus on whatever we choose. We can choose to focus on the hatred we’ve seen in the papers the past several months, the fear it has wrought, the shock we have endured, the hypocrisy we’ve witnessed, the disrespect that seems to be running rampant, the lives lost in all the tragic events of the past year, or we
can hope that things will calm down as the new administration gets its opportunity to make positive change, that we can each do something kind for a loved one and a stranger every single day, we can pick up a gentle weapon like empathy, charity, forgiveness to fight the evil we see, and pray for the families who have lost loved ones.

     As Thanksgiving approaches, we can all focus on whatever we choose. We can think about all the bad and sad things that have occurred in our own circles like friends lost, illness wreaking havoc on loved ones, money issues stressing us out,  disappointments disillusioning us,  friendships ended, peoples’ words still stinging, or we can be thankful for the cherished friends who never disappoint, for compliments given out of kindness, for the knowledge that money issues will get resolved, that illnesses have cures, that as long as we have breath, we have strength.


      On this Thanksgiving day, I vow to spend the day focusing on what will bring me inner peace whether it’s a giant fattening dinner, a good read, a trip through photo albums, a loving phone call, a walk in the sunshine, soothing music to calm my soul or simply folding my hands and bowing my head long enough to feel the presence of something bigger than me.