Giving Thanks this Month!
As the holiday season amps up, the weather turns colder, and our schedules start to get even busier with more activities, it does seems like a good month to stop and give thanks. Maybe our country’s original settlers had the right idea - after working hard to bring in the harvest, to pause, to share a meal, to celebrate, to give thanks.
We are entering a season when I want to pause more, share more meals, celebrate more, be more thankful. I can hardly believe it's November already and the passage of time seems to go even faster the older I get. Our regular schedules and pace are fast enough, but then add in additional holiday activities and the end of 2023 will be here before we know it.
So let’s push pause. We can pause and plan to not get on our laptop or phones after dinner and instead enjoy those around us. We can pause on the weekend and enjoy time with our kids or friends instead of having a really clean house or perfect yard.
I can share a meal with others and I can work on inviting people over for a meal more often. Or maybe your goal this month can be to gather at the table more often with whomever is home.
Celebrate This Day
It’s easy for me to celebrate birthdays and holidays - I grew up in a family that made a big deal of those days. But I don’t think I celebrate the little everyday things as much as I could. I'm going to be intentional and those at my dinner table, "What things can we celebrate today?" Being able to celebrate the little things and being thankful for everyday things helps us cultivate thankfulness. It changes our attitude and mindset…and I could certainly use that year round.
In what ways do you think you’ll pause this month and be thankful?