Two: I’m so thankful I can count on the holiday season to roll around each year. That’s right, I said, “Holiday.” Do you know what? Thanksgiving is part of the holiday season and it’s the next holiday, so I’ve given myself permission to talk about it. I’ve recently listened to a disproportionately large number of people scoff at the season. I kid and say, “Ya killin’ me.” They talk about all the things that lead them to a distaste of this time of year: difficult family memories, personal struggles or disgust with the commercialism and materialism. Inside, I’m thinking about how sad that actually makes me. I’m not talking about just the “Christmas Season.” There are lots of holidays that occur during this chilly time of the year. Maybe that’s why it seems so magical to me. If you choose to, you can look past the sad/bad memories, realize you’re not struggling alone and take yourself out of the commercialism/materialism. You can choose to be the best version of yourself during this time of year. I’ll bet this little trial run would make it a lot easier the rest of the year.
I’m thankful that it’s easier to be a little more patient in heavy traffic. I’m thankful I’m able to give a little more grace to those around me who aren’t as perfect as I’d like them to be. I’m thankful for the crisp, cold air that seems to sparkle with the very hope the season embodies for me. I’m thankful for the thoughtful, quiet moments, like this morning, this time of year affords. In these quiet little moments, one can find a brand new part of themselves.
Good luck searching this holiday season.