This year hasn’t been easy. Trouble started early in January when I lost everything and continued to spiral downward. To this very day I’m still picking up the pieces and it’s a miracle I’ve haven’t gone crazy, slipped into some deep dark corner, or become clinically depressed but I have my friends to thank for that. They were quick to come to my rescue and make sure I didn’t stay withdrawn.
I can’t even begin to tell you what this year was about so I digress. I’m just glad it’s over and I’m looking forward to celebrating my birthday month the best that I can with a smile on my face, if possible. Luckily, I’m a master at masking my emotions so I know I’ll be ok.
Today is Thanksgiving day so it seemed fitting that I share these thoughts. After Halloween, we’re suddenly on holiday auto pilot mostly thanks to aggressive advertising, holiday decor etc and we’re suddenly thankful. Why now? Why aren’t we thankful in the moment? Why does it take an image of a turkey or a family sitting down for dinner for us to start blatantly posting static Facebook updates about being thankful for “family and friends.” Duh. If you think about it, the message means nothing but we’re all guilty of it. It’s like a Hallmark card. Someone has already put the thought into those words, you buy into it, regurgitate it and then move about your day.
Maybe it’s time we did something more. Instead of being thankful today or during the month of November and until the end of the year, how about always being thankful? Send a hand written note when you’re truly impressed or gracious. Call your family often, and if your friends need to be saved – be there for them. I think the world would be a better place if we took time out to recognize acts of kindness and bestowed them upon others.
The time to start is now.