Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It's not over commercialized (if you don't count the Christmas hype that seems to start right after Halloween) and it is a time to be with family and give thanks for all the gifts in life.
I try to do gratitude lists as often as I can; I find it is a good way to stay centered and focused on all the richness in my life. When the holiday madness starts, it's all about wish lists - especially with young kids. I see Thanksgiving as the calm before the storm; a time to reflect on all we DO have, instead of all we wish we had.
And so, here is my gratitude list for this year:
I'm grateful for my childrens' smiles and for their abundant laughter.
I'm grateful for my cozy house.
I'm grateful for my strong, loyal, loving husband.
I'm grateful for my little business, for the gift of creativity.
I'm grateful for blogging, and for all the amazing people it has brought into my life.
I'm grateful for my steadfast, funny, smart friends; they are as important to me as oxygen.
I'm grateful I live close to my family, that we can see each other often, and I'm so, so grateful for all their support during the bad times and the good times.
I'm grateful to be sober, to be present for all life has to offer.
I want to hear what you're grateful for, too. Leave a comment with what you're grateful for!
Thanksgiving, like any holiday, can be difficult for people who are sober, or who are struggling to get or stay sober. Actually, it can be difficult for many other reasons, too - if you're struggling with depression, anxiety or with food. If there are strained relationships in your family, or you have suffered a loss of a loved one. It can be hard to stay grateful in the face of adversity.
At Crying Out Now we put together a Thanksgiving Survival Guide, and although it is aimed at people who are sober or who are struggling to get sober, it applies to anyone facing challenges over this holiday season.
Please take a moment to stop by and offer your support or add additional suggestions on ways to cope. You can click on the link above, or go here. You can comment anonymously, if you wish. Please come add your voice to the growing number of people who are speaking up and speaking out .
Together? Together we can do anything.
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. I'm so very grateful for you, too.