This year we’re being asked to not gather for the turkey and dressing, shop online, and continue to be vigilant about wearing our masks, washing our hands, and social distancing, and rightfully so, we’re in the midst of a global pandemic and flu season has begun. I’m just as disappointed as the next person about not being able to gather with family and friends. Family is everything to me, and enjoying their company, breaking bread and relaxing means a lot, but I have to keep the bigger picture in perspective.
Thanksgiving is a holiday set aside in the U.S. to give thanks, and although I’m appreciative of the time off, I really don’t need a holiday to be thankful. Every morning when I rise I’m thankful. Do I rise to a perfect world, in a perfect body, in a perfect house? No, but I do get another opportunity to work on my perfection, and for that I’m thankful. We’re only given so much time on earth to live, breathe, create, and enjoy the fruits of our labor, so make the best of every day. No matter what restrictions are imposed or mandates given, no one can stop you from being the best you and rising above your present circumstances.
Although we can no longer see smiles, don’t stop smiling, the positive effects are still real. And although we long for the physical touch, be it a high-five or hug, embrace yourself. Don’t lose yourself in the midst of the chaos because this too shall pass. Do what you have to do daily for yourself to stay mentally strong and physically healthy. If there’s no one at home to talk to, talk to yourself, affirm to yourself that you will survive the storm and you will come out even stronger.
Keep the faith, rise daily and be thankful.