On this Thanksgiving Day in the United States, I want to wish all my friends a wonderful day giving thanks for all we do have.
Often times, when we have experienced the death of someone we loved so deeply, and the year-end holidays roll around, we tend to feel great sorrow for what we don’t have.
We don’t have them near to celebration this season with them.
We don’t have them near to cuddle with and enjoy their affection, attention, love and devotion.
We don’t have them near to shower with gifts and attend parties and create memories.
But focusing on what we don’t have instead of what we do, only leads us down a path of sadness and feeling sorry for ourselves.
Perhaps, for just a little while today, we can focus on what little things are bringing us joy this season.
Are we thankful for the dinner a neighbor invited us to because our families live far away? Being included with another’s family can be just as rewarding.
Are we thankful for the family and friends who call us, or write us today and share their day’s adventures. We can be happy for them as they’ve been happy for us in days’ past.
Are we thankful that we can reminisce about the lovely times we did share with our loved ones.
Are we thankful for our home, the people who care about us and who are still in our lives?
Being grateful for what we do have brings hope to our lives and elevates the sense of possibility.
I am so grateful for the folks who read my blog, books and who send me notes that my writing has helped them move a little further through their grief journey.
Find the goodness in this day…find a little more goodness in each day.
I’m thinking of you.
My newest book, Holiday Grief: How to Cope with Stress, Anxiety and Depression After a Loved One’s Death is now available on amazon.com.