We’ll have the usual turkey, and green bean stuff and potatoes.
And I’m already trying to figure out how to get the shopping done, the house cleaned and the details put together, while meeting my work deadlines. I don’t feel stressed about it, but, I generally do feel a little tense during the last flurry when I’m trying to get the ‘resting’ turkey on the table at the same time the mashed potatoes are hot. But right now, I’m really just feel grateful. That we are well. That I have a family who wants to come be together. I’m pretty dang thankful for pumpkin pie too. It makes the best post-holiday breakfast. Thinking on those things keeps me from getting too uptight.
This time of year, when we are consumed by all that needs to be done, we often focus more on the challenges and demands in our life, than what is well and good. This only ramps up our discomfort and frustration.
Gratitude is easy to come by when things are smooth and easy. But, it is during the troubling times or the stressful moments that rise up during the day that we must practice it too.
You can be grateful when you aren’t happy. You can give thanks when you are stressed and mad and uncertain and worried. This state, this emotion can reside there next to all those other big feelings. And, when you allow it in even when the crazy relatives are showing up with box wine, you can transform those imperfect, wild, overwhelming stressful moments into something else; something easier; something compassionate and curious and utterly survivable.
So, if the holidays threaten to leave you feeling more freaked then festive challenge yourself to stop, take a deep breath, and give thanks for something right in the middle of all that chaos. Feel the gratitude in those difficult moments and life will become a bit more manageable.
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