On Thanksgiving Day, the focus should be on gratitude. In today's world, it is easy to let that slip away. I thought I would share a Thanksgiving memory with you and then some gratitude in hopes that you will fill this day with thanks. I started writing this Thanksgiving morning, but the day got away from me. Nevertheless, gratitude should be your daily focus, not just on Thanksgiving.
Gratitude for Thanksgiving Memories
One Thanksgiving when I was planning the menu, my mother-in-law said, "remember to use real bread cubes." I didn't ask her to explain. I should have asked why but I interpreted that she didn't want the store-bought dry cubes in the stuffing. My husband and I got out loaves of bread and I used the pizza cutter to cube it. Since I was doubling the recipe, it was 36 cups of bread cubes!
Later, I found out that she just meant I needed to make authentic stuffing, not Stovetop!
But even today, I still cut up bread for my stuffing rather than buying bags of precut bread cubes! It turns out that it really does taste good that way.
Have you ever misunderstood someone? You have a choice when that happens, you can get angry or just go with the flow.
Focus on Gratitude
Due to some family dynamics, I have been getting much less sleep lately. I wake up in the middle of the night after about 4 1/2 hours and struggle to get back to sleep. I started coming to the office and doing some work since sleeping wasn't working. Since Monday through Friday my alarm already goes off at 5:06 am, you can guess why I have a problem with being woken up at 1:30 am regularly.
However, I have been incredibly angry that I can't sleep. I know I can squeeze in a nap later, but I really would like 7 hours of sleep at night.
The upside is that I am finding time to write again in a mostly peaceful environment. I can have gratitude for writing time.
I am working on accepting what comes my way and making the best of it. This doesn't mean I can't voice my desire for a peaceful environment or ask for more cooperation from others to minimize interruptions or set rules to end the cause of the interruptions.
However, holding on to anger is a choice that impacts everything else we do so I am choosing to let it go.
I am grateful for the opportunity to reassess my reactions to life's challenges.
Time for Gratitude
I am grateful for:
- My faith and church family
- My clients who chose me as their guide on their career journey
- My family
- My dogs, Buddy and Blue are a highlight of every day.
- Books - I can't imagine life without reading. I read fiction all the time but try to make sure I read non-fiction regularly.
- Living in beautiful Wisconsin on top of my hill to be treated with gorgeous sunsets often.
What's on your gratitude list?
Thanksgiving is one day but you can focus on gratitude any day of the year.
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