Happy Thanksgiving. In just a few minutes I’ll be lighting the grill and getting the turkey ready to go on it. We’ll be stuffing it with apples, oranges and onions this year and once cooked and carved, it will sit peacefully beside the tofurkys on our Thanksgiving table. My son’s rather inked up friends will break bread with the matriarchs and patriarchs of our family. The little children will play games with the “adult” children and all these acts remind me that we really can all get along! For all of this I am so thankful.
There is no doubt that holidays can be very stressful. My personal survival guide includes remembering that today is all about loved ones, food and gratitude. By inviting a lot of people, cooking a lot of food and appreciating all of it, I will keep my stress level low. I will take some deep breaths throughout the day and do some stretching before I get in a hot shower and give myself time to look and feel part of the holiday festivities. I will indulge in the drinking and the eating, but I will not overindulge. While I definitely will not count calories, I will not eat myself into a food coma because that never feels good to me. I will accept help in the kitchen and I will allow myself time to sit with my family and friends and hopefully even get in a game of 8 ball with my father-in-law. I will remain thankful that even in this crazy economy, Mitch and I can provide this opportunity for all of us to be together.
Tomorrow I will workout a little harder and burn some extra calories. Mitch and I will go donate much needed blood at the blood bank, in an effort to give something back to our community. We will take some time to relax and appreciate all that we have, for we have more than enough. From our house to yours, we wish you a happy Thanksgiving filled with love and peace. We also wish you enough!
I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright.
I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.
I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.
I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger.
I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish you enough.
by: Bob Perks, Beliefnet contributor