Holding on to Thanksgiving

Holding on to Thanksgiving

“This is the day the Lord has made, We will Rejoice and be Glad in it,” Psalm 118:24.

Today is the day after Thanksgiving. Are you still thankful? How many people were thankful yesterday, but have gone right back to being cranky today? Do you know some Black Friday shoppers who are not thankful they have the opportunity to shop, but are stressed because they have to get such and such for so and so at the best price possible?

Why do we need a special day to be thankful? Shouldn’t we be thankful for everything, all the time?   Sure, everybody has their moments. You know, the ones where something awful happens and we’re sad, or angry. Moments happen, but they shouldn’t stretch into hours, or days. 

We must learn resilience to bounce back from the ARGH! moments back to the thankful ones. What is resilience? It is our capacity to recover quickly from difficulties. How can we build our resiliency? The Bounce Back Project says, “Resilience is made up of five pillars: self-awareness, mindfulness, self-care, positive relationships & purpose. By strengthening these pillars, we in turn, become more resilient.”  Let’s look at each of these.

Self-awareness:

  • Become more in tune with your emotions. How are you feeling, at this moment, why do you feel that way, how are you reacting to those emotions?
  • Keep a journal, then go back and read what you wrote last month.
  • Be open to input from others.

Mindfulness:

  • Think about what you will say or the actions you take before you take them.
  • Be conscious of others, their needs and desires.
  • Focus on one thing at a time. Give it, or them, your full attention.

Self-care:

  • Take time for yourself. It’s not being selfish, it’s being wise. You can’t help others if you are not in the right shape, physically and mentally.
  • Get enough sleep! 6-9 hours is the recommended amount.
  • Eat well and exercise.

Positive relationships:

  • Hang out with people you enjoy, who lift you up and encourage you to be your best self.
  • Be a good listener.
  • Relationships are about face to face interactions. Take a technology break and visit a friend or family member.

Purpose:

  • Discover your life’s purpose and live it out.
  • Determine your priorities and keep them in the proper order.
  • Live your values, follow your dreams.

May you celebrate Thanksgiving every day.