For me, one of the best parts of Thanksgiving time is the collective shift into an attitude of gratitude. You can feel it. You see the posts change from personal views to asking what you’re thankful for this holiday. I love this energy, the awareness and connectedness, and reflection.
When I started to reflect on what I’m grateful for right now, in this moment, I couldn’t help to think of this time last year. Unfortunately, two days before Thanksgiving 2019, our 3 boys went down hard with the flu. This meant we were in quarantine.
It was weird to think of not being with family during a holiday, but we had no choice, we had to stay home.
We FaceTimed our family at the gathering we were missing; seeing everyone helped us feel more connected and not so isolated.
I remember being aware of how different the day was, I also remember feeling peaceful about it. We moved through our day the best we could; grateful to at least have each other and not be sick too.
We made a nice dinner, the kids slept a lot, and we enjoyed all the little moments we could. The weather was beautiful, a fox squirrel played outside the window, and did I mention that the kids got sleep? (Can I get an Amen, from the parents out there who know what I’m talking about — Amen!)
By the end of the day, I was surprised that somehow, someway, the holiday turned out pretty ok… it was actually nice. I enjoyed being low key on what is normally a big, busy, high energy day.
Then it hit me, I enjoyed the day because I was grateful for what I had. The mantra: “gratitude turns what I have into enough” helped me to remember to be aware.
This year, it’s the same but different — we’re happy at home and we’re all healthy, Hallelujah, thank you sweet baby Jesus!
I am thankful for our health, for the Hopeful House, for our family, and I’m grateful, so thankful for you. For taking the time to read this right now; thinking about it makes my heart smile.
As we go into Thanksgiving 2020, let’s keep listening for the whisper within and pinky promise to trust and follow it. This year is different and weird and we’re going to get through it. When you’re not sure how, put your hand on your heart and breathe in and remember, gratitude turns what we have to enough.
Love you xo