Let me start out by saying, Happy Thanksgiving to all. With the holiday season upon us and the hustle and bustle of it waiting around the corner like a mugger intent on grabbing our wallets, we seldom take time to pause and reflect. How can we, when we have to pick up relatives at the airport, the kids won’t stop arguing over whose turn it is on the game console, the turkey hasn’t quite thawed, the house needs cleaning, our favorite team is down by six points on TV, and we’re bombarded with buy-this-for-Christmas ads?
There’s so much to do! We dive into the holiday season with our hands full of to-do lists and our bank accounts slowly depleting along with our patience and our peace. All because we gotta do this—c’mon it’s the holidays, right?
Yet many of us have other things on our minds—the loss of loved ones or jobs or expectations sadly thwarted. These losses color the holidays a bleak gray. And some homes are so filled with anger, the holidays become a minefield to get through as best as we can.
When we’re at our busiest or our emptiest or saddest, we desperately need a bit of solitude to collect our thoughts, even if we only have a minute between waiting for the turkey to come out of the oven or waiting on line at the grocery store to pay for that can of cranberry sauce. We need the hush to collect ourselves, to take a step back, and just be.
Be what? Thankful? That’s the punch line you’re getting at, isn’t it? Are you thinking that right now? Being thankful is an automatic default due to the season. Many people have lists of the people and things for which they are thankful. I do too. But maybe thankful is not what you have the energy to be right now. So instead, I’m asking you to put aside the obligations, the holiday mask (happy grins all), and the frantic I-have-to-dos just for a moment. Now, take a breath, let it out, and just be. Be whoever you are in this moment. Embrace the hush.
Wishing you a peace-filled holiday. And if you live in an area where Thanksgiving is not celebrated, but you’re gearing up for next month’s holidays, I hope you’ll take a moment of stillness sometime soon.
Turkey from wallyball.homestead.com. Person alone from for-the-masses.com.