Happy Thanksgiving to our friends in Canada! In Canada, Thanksgiving Day is coming up this Monday. Throughout the year, many of us run about our busy lives, either working outside the home or inside the house. We are so focused on the daily tasks that we needed to get done that we often forget to be thankful for what we have. Sadly, somehow down the line, being overly busy becomes a good thing.
“We’re all so busy chasing the extraordinary that we forget to stop and be grateful… – Brené Brown”
This Thanksgiving Long Weekend, perhaps it should be a reminder for us to pause and take a breath to ponder on some of the things that we should be thankful for.
I Am Thankful
As a busy mom, I, myself, am rushing to get tasks done. Everyday there is always this list of unfinished business that needs my attention. Sometimes, the feeling of being stretched in all directions occurs. Everyone wants you to do something for them. Hence, this mom can get anxious and feel overwhelmed.
Honestly, as we are growing up, the previous generations tell their children that being obedient and to never question authority is the only way. Now, as time goes by, I am slowly learning to unwind this binding. This gives me time to slow down to smell the flowers, so to speak…
1. Health: First of all, focusing on our physical and mental health is very important. Although everyone wants to have perfect health, very few are able to achieve that. Therefore, it is crucial that I work to focus on the positive aspects. This concerns my health and the health of my loved ones. Communicating to others of our limitations is not a sign of weakness, but a sign of courage.
2. Time: Ironically, seemingly having a lack of time can push us forward. To be thankful that this is a sign that something must be done to help ourselves to focus. Many of us are trying to “keep up with the Joneses”.
“Keeping up with the Joneses” is an idiom in many parts of the English-speaking world referring to the comparison to one’s neighbor as a benchmark for social class or the accumulation of material goods. To fail to “keep up with the Joneses” is perceived as demonstrating socio-economic or cultural inferiority. — Wikipedia
Finally, to have what everyone has or to do what everyone does…is that absolutely necessary? Therefore, be thankful for what we already have and able to do is a blessing.
What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?