This time of year can mean different things to different people. It can be a joyous time spent with friends and family, eating lots of delicious food, made with love. But it can also be a lonely time spent focused on the sorrows of life, thinking about all of the things you don’t have.
If you have somewhere special to go, and special people to be with, you are indeed blessed. If that isn’t the case, though, I wonder how it would feel to you to create your own way of celebrating this holiday. Don’t give in to the temptation to sit and get mired in your own sadness. You do have power to make this a good day! You might want to go out in nature, where it’s quiet, and enjoy a good hike, or even sit somewhere beautiful, in peaceful contemplation of the blessings you do have. Everyone has blessings, but sometimes we might need to look a little harder than at other times. You might want to write to an old friend who you’ve lost contact with, and share some happy memories of times you’ve spent together. You might want to help serve those less fortunate than you. Many homeless shelters will be serving a traditional dinner. You might want to do some other type of volunteering, as a way to give back. Or you might want to get adventurous, and take off for a road trip to somewhere you haven’t been before.
It doesn’t matter what you do! It just matters that you consciously choose how you’d like to spend this special day. Take the power and control that you do have, and create a day filled with fun, meaning, contemplation, or adventure — or maybe all three. Be creative. Think outside the box. Start your own tradition.
Whatever you decide to do, I hope that you will find some special time to think about the blessings you’ve been given, no matter how small, and give thanks. When we focus on what we’re grateful for, it connects us with a good energy and touches our hearts.
Until next time,