T'was the day before Thanksgiving and all through the house,
everyone was stirring, except a mouse.
After the family carried their food dishes to the car with care,
"Did you remember your pajamas, your toothbrush and clean underwear?"
With giggles and excitement they settled into their car,
Brother began to sing, "Over the river and through the woods,"
When sister rolled her eyes and said, "I hope this isn't far!"
Thanksgiving is a time to remember the blessings that are often overlooked with the busyness of life. It is a time to retell stories of years gone by, that somehow includes silly shenanigans most of us have done. It is a time to enjoy favorite foods that are packed with calories, yet delicious to eat. We can "justify" the extra calories as being cordial to our family members that created the dishes, and if all else fails, we excuse our overindulgence as "fueling up for the winter!"
In my book, a good meal shared with loved ones needs no excuses; it's food for our soul! As you gather around the family table, take a few moments to look in the eyes of each person. There's no need to stare, just a glance will do. My hunch is you may notice something that has changed about them. It may be the same face, same hair, same tone of voice; but something "feels" different. It is that energy that is important to notice. The circumstances of our world has offered many challenges the past several years that have effected each of every one of us in some way or another.
Perhaps this Thanksgiving, you might suggest each person state one or two things for which they are grateful. It just may shift the energy in the room to notice what good things have happened rather than discuss the crazymaking going on. We're changing, and with change comes a bit of discomfort, if not down right pain. Let this Thanksgiving be the year everyone around the table mentions something positive they have noticed and/or experienced.
With that, I wish to say, "Thank YOU," for seeking the goodness in life, for stretching beyond your "comfort zone," and participating in events that support your growth. Just as important, for your willingness to share your life, your experiences so others may glean wisdom from yours. Remember the words of Gandhi, "Be the change you wish to see in the world!" And from book two, the old woman's words, "When we are grateful, we free our hearts to create new dreams and visions for our lives and for the world!"
Vicky Kelm Williams
I find people absolutely fascinating!