Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!
Today is one of the few days of the year that asks us to pause and recognize the blessings and gifts we have in our lives. No better excuse to start being positive than today, right?
I woke up this morning and thought about the things I was thankful for. Good health, a fridge stocked with food, a roof over my head, and the special people I have in my life. As I was thinking, I wondered whether these people I loved and held so dearly knew that I felt this way about them? So I reached for my cell phone, and told them. Now I have to be honest, I told them in text messages. Now that I think about it, it would have been even nicer if I had spoken to them on the phone. However, the sentiment was still there. One step at a time, right? 🙂
The point is … how many days do we think kind thoughts about those closest to us, or perhaps even a stranger you encounter who goes out of their way to do something above and beyond? Why not take today to recognize those people and tell them how much you really appreciate them and value their relationship? It’s always nice to tell someone how much you admire and care about him or her. Plus, you never know the difference it will make in their day, OR the ripple affects your kind words may cause.
If you’re heading out to a dinner tonight, or perhaps hosting one yourself, you might want to try this:
I was at a Thanksgiving meal a few years ago where, as part of the dinner conversation, everyone was asked to share something they were thankful for. The responses included everything from favourite hockey teams, to specific moments that had happened over the past year. I found it really brought the meaning home about why we were sitting around the table together, plus it was a really lovely way to see what everyone at the table valued in their lives. It was especially meaningful to hear what those quieter friends and family members really appreciated, and to see everyone putting their hearts on the line…or table.
So whether your spending time with family, friends, or choosing to spend it on your own, I hope you have a wonderful day and take some time to do something relaxing for yourself too! After all, we have to be kindest to ourselves and that can sometimes be the toughest job…
But that’s a post for another day. 🙂