As I wake up this Thanksgiving morning I run down a check list of everything that needs to be prepared for the feast and wonder if there might not be something I’ve forgot about. I’m figuring out when each dish needs to hit the oven to be done on time. I’m also flipping through sales ads trying to see if there are any deals to be had on the items I am looking for.
It’s certainly easy to get caught up in the Holiday whirlwind. To speed from one event to the next. To in some cases, including mine, begin celebrating the next holiday before this one is even over.
That’s why it’s important to take today to slow down, relax and enjoy the moment. A good way to start that process is having each person at your dinner table state what they are thankful for.
If your family doesn’t usually take the time to do that, make it a part of this Thanksgiving. Some people may believe that’s corny, but I believe it helps you keep life in perspective. It allows you to reflect and remember what actually makes life worth living.
God has blessed each and every one of us. First, we are all lucky enough to have been born as citizens of the greatest nation on the face of this planet. We live every day of our lives without worry for basic necessities. There are people all over the world who lack access to clean water and fresh food. We are blessed with abundant resources.
Most of us are also blessed to have wonderful families and friends. If you’re gathering with them today remind yourself of something you like about each one. I’m sure you can find something, even if he isn’t your favorite person in the world, crazy Uncle Earl does make get-togethers more interesting.
Spend time with the little ones in your family to help them understand what Thanksgiving is all about. Help them form traditions that they can carry with them and pass on to the generation after them. Plus, these kids are part of the most plugged-in generation ever and could use a few minutes without cell phone radiation bombarding their tiny bodies.
So take this day to put away your electronic devices and put down the Black Friday attack plan and actually connect with other people. Enjoy your family, and friends. Savor the moments and maybe help others to remember that you are not gathering together today simply because of your collective love of turkey and pumpkin pie.