Thanksgiving, most of the time it seems like the most overlooked holiday that we celebrate. As soon as Halloween is over Christmas begins, right or wrong that just how it happens. For me Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Maybe it’s how I was raised, but Thanksgiving is about being well thankful. Sounds simple, but a lot of people have trouble with the simplest of things. In my family every Thanksgiving after we eat we go to the living room get in a circle and take turns saying what we are thankful for. For me that’s what the holidays are all about, Christmas is great, giving and receiving gifts are always fun, but the simplicity of being with your family and taking a moment to ponder how blessed you are is something that has a profound affect on me.
In this fast pace society that we live in, the small things tend to take a backseat to our need for instant gratification, we forget that things can take time to come around. I’m guilty of this to, more so than a lot of people I know. I’m on pins and needles when I text or try to communicate with others. I don’t know why I get so impatient, I need to take the time and be thankful that I even have the ability to communicate so easily with others. Whether its waiting for you phone to buzz or for the other shoe to drop, Thanksgiving is an opportunity to go back to a simpler time, relax put the phone down, enjoy the time with your family members.
This Thanksgiving I won’t be at home with any of my family members of blood relation, but the great thing about life is you don’t have to be related to be family. I know this better than most, as most of the family I spend my time with are not blood related, that doesn’t make us anything less than family as our bond is stronger than a genetic bond. Today I will spend my day with residents who have become more than random people that I do stuff for in the past two years and ten months. They are another extension of my family, whether it’s the residents who I will serve in a attempt to give them the best holiday experience that I can give or the Benedicts, Fredericks and many others who have graciously invited me to spend the evening with them, I’ll be with family.
So today whether you are at home, or abroad take a few moments to think about that mean something to you, whether its your family, your health, your job, everyone of us has something to be thankful for, something to hold on to. If I was at home sitting in the living room with my family, the things I would bring up that I was thankful for would be, my family and friends, because no matter where I am I know that I am loved and appreciated. I know this because of the calls, texts they send my way or the hugs when I see them. I’m thankful that I have a job where I can make a different in people’s lives, even if its simple as fixing their TV or helping them meet the athletes they adore and watch on TV. I’m thankful for the opportunities afforded me to go places and do things that I wouldn’t be able to otherwise. These and many more things come to my mind.
From everyone at Churchill Estates, we wish you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving, and hope that on this busy day that you find sometime to sit back and contemplate all the ways you have been blessed this year!