Holiday Hello

Happy Thanksgiving! A day of gratitude. A day for family and friends, food and fun. At least for most Americans.

So many messages that gratitude is the answer. Being grateful helps with a positive outlook and life. I can only speak for myself, so I will say that I have so much to be thankful for ~ my health, my family and their health, you for reading this…I could go on, but I think you get the idea.

One thing I have learned this year, is to be grateful for the challenges. It is in the challenges of life that we grow. Challenges are not walls to block or stop us, they are actually opportunities.

Sometimes challenges appear as chaos. Earlier this week, I was at the grocery store picking up flowers for my holiday table centerpiece. The checkout lines were long, very long. I choose to focus on the people around me instead of seeing it as chaos.

There was a little girl with her mother, they both looked like they had had a long day. It was 1:30 in the afternoon and they appeared exhausted. Yet, they maintained their composure and calmly checked out with their groceries.

An older gentleman was making small talk with those around him. The small group was laughing and enjoying their time in line.

The clerks were moving everyone through at a gentle but quick pace. They greeted everyone with a smile and cordial hello. They chatted with everyone that came through their lanes and seemed to enjoy the day or at least the moment.

How often do your daily challenges seem like chaos? I know during the holidays it can certainly seem like you move from one chaotic moment to another.

This holiday season, I would like to challenge you see those moments as opportunities to stop and reflect. Today, right now, I am thankful for the chaos. I embrace it, I will move more slowly through it. Dare I say, I will enjoy it!

So when you feel overwhelmed, discouraged or surrounded by chaos. Take this as an opportunity to notice all the joy that is around you. It is there waiting for you to observe it. It is there waiting for you to participate in it.

May your holiday season be full of all that brings you joy and enough challenges to remind you to slow down. The countdown to the end of the year is on. What lessons from 2023 will you improve upon in 2024?

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