Yes, Thanksgiving is almost here and for many, this time of the year brings unhappiness sadness and stress instead of feelings of happiness, pleasure, contentment and joy. For some reason many of us feel depressed during the holidays for a variety of reasons. You may be alone but you are invited to someone’s home. This can make you feel like a loser and more alone than ever. Or you have a family, but have to spend the day with family members who you may not be on the best terms with. This only adds to your stress levels. The real meaning of Thanksgiving begins to fade and a lack of enthusiasm and ungratefulness sets in instead of being thankful for what we really do have.
I can’t think of a better time to send some love and a few pearls of wisdom your way to lift your spirits and to brighten your mood so that you can honestly feel why you should be celebrating Thanksgiving instead of dreading it.
- 1 – 2-3 – 4… Count your blessings and name them one by one. Focus and be grateful on what you have rather than on what you don’t have. Don’t focus on lack.
- Honor yourself! Be blown away at what you have accomplished instead of worrying about what you think you haven’t achieved.
- Celebrate your life – don’t begrudge it!. You may be freaking out over what you haven’t done with your life. Remember that there’s a reason and a season for everything. Don’t judge yourself for what you may not have yet attained. Rather, embrace where you are at this point in your life. Make a list of what you are going to accomplish and then stay in integrity with your own words. In other words, work out your s##t or stay stuck.
- Be thankful for every family member who is actively involved in your life and what they have contributed to your life rather than what you think they don’t do for you or how they make you feel. Remember your feelings belong only to you. Judgment belongs in the trashcan. As the saying goes “for every finger you point, three point back to you.”
- On Thursday, practice these simple acts of kindness: Hug everyone you meet. Listen instead of talking. Be kind. Be thoughtful. Hold the barbs. Read a book to a child. Make someone laugh. Bring a gift. Help a neighbor. Show compassion for everyone.
I send masses of love and colossal hugs to each and every one of you on a magical day that I hope is filled with appreciation and nothing but gratitude from your heart. When you appreciate your life, your family, your loved ones, your friends, who you are and your journey – then you acknowledge those who have contributed to your pilgrimage.