Chances are you are already up and at ’em, getting food ready, cleaning the house, driving across town…rush, rush rush. (If you’re American, anyway 😉 )
It’s hard to fit it all in. I get it.
But often when we reflect back we find that there are moments where we are more harsh or less understanding than we’d like to have been, especially on a day characterized by being thankful.
So today, I encourage you to take a minute- yes, just one minute- up front and remember what it is that YOU are thankful for.
If you have anticipated obstacles- kids driving you crazy, your mom bringing up the same old complaint, your uncle complaining about the food again… whatever it is, use this time to remember what your intentions are (peace, calm, love) and what their intentions are- it can reframe the challenging behavior to remember its positive intention, or simply remember all the other great things about them.
If you start off the day grounded in seeing the best in that person or situation, you are much less likely to get thrown off course by the little things.
And since it keeps coming up- if you are, like many, having a hard time being involved with your holiday- obsessing over a turkey or pie knowing that so many innocent people are suffering in regard to the Dakota Pipeline.
Remember that creating suffering in your life doesn’t lessen another’s burden.
If you truly want to make a difference, call your government, sign that petition- let your voice be heard and then enjoy your holiday. It won’t undermine their efforts, it will simply reinforce what it is they are fighting for- a healthy environment in which to live and raise our children, free and happy families, and all of the many things that you are thankful for.
Hold up the light so that we remember what it is we are fighting for. (And it may help you keep that pie in perspective, too.)
And lastly, I just want to say ‘thank you’- for allowing me to do what I do, for reading my messages and for enthusiastically supporting me in shining my light into the world. I am so grateful to have the love and support from all of you- to have coached so many, and encountered so many others in my life and online. Thanks for sharing the darkest corners of your inner world and brightest celebrations of your many accomplishments. Your growth is what keeps me going and I’m so lucky to get to be a part of it!