November is the best and my most favorite month! As you may or may not know, it is the month I was born. (Yay me!) It is also the month that has my favorite holiday! Thanksgiving! What can be better than eating a delicious feast with your loved ones? I say loved ones because let’s be honest, not everyone’s loved ones include family. Just to be clear, my loved ones does.
Over the past few years, Thanksgiving, along with a host of other holidays have been greatly politicized. I don’t ascribe to any of that. For me, Thanksgiving has nothing to do with the pilgrims. To me, it is simply about being thankful for all those people in your life and whatever else you are thankful for.
Just the other day, a friend of mine asked me what was my least favorite holiday. That was a good question because I had never really thought of it before. In fact, I don’t think about my least favorite anything unless someone asks me. Anyway, the answer I gave was Christmas.
Before you get your knickers in a wad, let me explain. Christmas has gotten so commercialized that it just doesn’t seem to have the same meaning it did before. I appreciate the sentiment around it. You know, the sentiment of world peace, loving, giving and sharing. Those are the things I do love. It’s the buying stuff for people and putting yourself in debt part that I just don’t get. For me, Christmas is for children. Their excitement is always a wonderful thing to see. My son is a teen now, so that excitement is gone.
To be fair, I’m not really sure my son was ever really excited about Christmas. In fact, my husband and I used to have to wake him up for Christmas and that was usually around 10:00 a.m. or so. Also, I’m not into decorating either but that’s a whole other story.
Getting back to Thanksgiving, I think it’s really important to acknowledge that we are thankful and what we are thankful for. There are so may people in this world feeling unfulfilled and I think a lot of it has to do with them not appreciating what they do having. Constantly looking towards what you want is not always the best way to live. I agree we should all have goals to aspire to but I think it’s equally, if not more important to be thankful to the big and small things we already have.
What am I thankful for? I’m thankful for my wonderful husband, our fabulous yet challenging son, my entire family, my health and my business. I am so thankful to have a house to live in and a car to drive that provides me a level of freedom that some people don’t know. I’m thankful that I am in my right mind. Lastly, I am thankful that I am loved and have people to love. Now what can be better than that?
One last thing, happy Thanksgiving!
“Acknowledging the good that you already have in you life is the foundation for all abundance.” ~ Eckhart Tolle