Happy Thanksgiving everyone, even though the celebration is much different this year.
Still, so much to be grateful for.
Start With A Big Bowl:
Put a big bowl in the center of the table. Give everyone a piece of typing paper or notebook paper and instruct them to write down what they’re grateful for in 2020. Then have them cut the words out, fold them up and place them in the bowl.
This year, 2020, has definitely been a hard one. But there are always little things that give you joy. Simple things. Enjoying the simple things give us a little lift during difficult times.
Like spying a red cardinal outside your window.
Seeing the colorful fall leaves have been a sight to behold this fall season.
A good book that keeps you reading past your bedtime.
The way a tree looks in winter, stark and bare in the moonlight.
Read What Everyone Is Grateful For Out Loud:
Then let everyone reach into the bowl and take out one slip of paper at a time and read it. Just reading it aloud seems to make it even more real. Your brain will note the pleasure it gives you to read it.
I am grateful for my cozy little apartment. It isn’t all that much from the outside. But inside it is just what I want. All that I want.
Come spring the tulips and other bulbs will still push through the soil, regardless of the pandemic. Some of life will remain the same.
If you’re spending the day alone, still participate in this exercise. Write down what you’re grateful for. When you read these things back to yourself, it will give you an emotional lift. Positivity always does.
Enjoy Your Own Company If You’re Alone:
Read a good book. Maybe do a crossword puzzle. Snuggle up with your pet under a quilt and find a good movie to lose yourself in.
When you eat your meal, whatever it may be, set the table and light a candle. Make it special just for you.
Then, after the dishes are done, watch nature outside your window. Take time to savor it. Mother Nature never takes a vacation.
And next time you go out, smile underneath your mask. No one will see it. But they will possibly see the softening of your eyes that comes along with that smile. And that smile makes you feel better.
Be grateful for what you have. You may have lost an awful lot this year. That’s all the more reason to be grateful for what you still have.