This past weekend was the Thanksgiving long weekend which for many people (including me) means time spent with family and eating lots of wonderful food. It’s a time to gather everyone together and take a moment to reflect on all of the blessings in our lives. This year, looked a little bit different and initially I wasn’t sure what to make of it. My parents are away on a cruise (lucky them) and extended family seemed to head in different directions. This Thanksgiving it was just my husband and I.
Having a small Thanksgiving really gave me the opportunity to be grateful for the life my husband and I have created together. We made a lovely roast chicken dinner with all of the fixings and celebrated our struggles and triumphs over the last year. It was a different Thanksgiving for us, but a really special one.
In the busyness of day to day life it can be really easy to forget or downplay all of the good things we have going on in our lives. It can be difficult to even see the good things if we are clouded with a mental health issue or going through a really stressful time. There can be a lot of value in taking a moment each day to write down something that was positive in your day or something that you feel thankful for. It doesn’t have to be anything earth shattering, it might be that you’re thankful you got to sleep in on the weekend or thankful for the stranger who held the door for you. It’s about finding thankfulness in the small details and not getting so lost in the big picture.
It doesn’t take very long before you have a nice little collection of memories. On down days or just days you need a little pick me up, reflecting back on all of the little things you have to be thankful for can give a much needed boost and shift in perspective. Whether you have a little or a lot, there is always something we can be thankful for, sometimes we just need to give ourselves a minute to reflect and figure it out.