Holidays · Thanksgiving

“Thanks”-giving

It’s that time of the year again. That weird limbo between Halloween and Christmas.

Oh wait, I forgot about Thanksgiving.

I feel like everyone tends to forget about Thanksgiving. Sure, every fourth Thursday in November we gather with friends and family around a table and gorge ourselves on turkey and stuffing. But I feel like the thankfulness and gratitude we’re supposed to feel and express is lost.

I know I’m guilty of it. When Thanksgiving rolls around, I’m on autopilot. Cleaning the house, grocery shopping, and making sure everyone and everything is presentable for company. I become so wrapped up in what I’m serving for the big family meal, and totally forget that some people don’t have the luxury.

There are millions of people all over the world who can’t afford to put food on the table, and I’m worried about what kind of vegetable I’m serving. It really puts things into perspective, doesn’t it?

Everyone is so caught up in the Christmas season. (Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas—the music, the lights, and peppermint everything.) But we need to hit ‘pause’ for a second and really appreciate the time we have. The now.

In a split second, everything can change.

My aunt—my godmother—passed away unexpectedly this past July. It shocked my entire family. We didn’t see it coming, and we didn’t know what to do without her around.

But that loss has taught us how to be thankful for each other. To not take a day for granted because one day, it could be the last.

This Thanksgiving, take a step back and make a list of what you’re thankful for.

It could be something as simple as the air you breathe.

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