What Does Thanksgiving Mean to You?

Can you believe Thanksgiving 2018 is almost here? 

I sure can't.  It seems like yesterday that we were celebrating last years Thanksgiving, and in 4 1/2 weeks, we will be celebrating Christmas again.  Time flies!! I feel as I get older, sometimes the days seem slow, but the weeks and years fly by.  I try and soak in every moment that I can so I don't miss anything! 

The holidays are or can be such a crazy and hectic time.  Between cooking, traveling, finding time to get together with friends or family that we might not have seen in a while or don't see often, starting to Christmas shop & snatch up deals for Christmas gifts, and much more on that list, it's easy to get a little side tracked on what the holidays really mean to us.  So, the other day, as I'm running around like a chicken with my head cut off trying to think of everything that needed done by a certain time frame, I stopped, reflected for a second, and thought "what does Thanksgiving really mean to me?" which compelled me to write this blog today!

Believe it or not, it took me a couple of days to answer that question.  I mean, I answered the obvious which was "Well, we get to spend time with friends and family, eat delicious food that comes once a year (duh) and then relax.  Oh, and then on Friday-Monday we get to start watching for deals and steals for Christmas before we have to go back to non-holiday life. Perfect!" But is that really all that Thanksgiving is about? 

As I pondered deeper into my question, when the answer finally came to me it was clear as day.  It was like the moment on the movie the Grinch when he says "Maybe Christmas perhaps, means a little bit more."  Although not talking about Christmas but Thanksgiving, "Maybe Thanksgiving means a little bit more".  Aside from the fact that its an actual holiday that we celebrate, through all of the hustle & bustle of preparing for it, do we really stop and truly celebrate it??  Do we truly give thanks and gratitude, and do we give back?  

My first answer to my question was a yes, and a no.  Yes, I give "Thanks" to the family members who have welcomed us into their home and have provided a great meal, but I don't TRULY give thanks and gratitude.  By giving thanks and gratitude, I mean I don't sit back, look at the wonderful people I'm surrounded by on this holiday, and take a moment to truly be grateful and thankful for all that I have and all that I am blessed with.  Yes, I give back by bringing some food(if anything is needed), but I don't give back to others who are working during the Thanksgiving holiday.  There are many people who do have to work during the holiday, which means their time is being spent away from friends and family so we can continue to shop, stop and get gas for traveling, have someone there to help our our animals, have someone there to take care of us, and the list goes on.  So my final answer to my questions was: No, I haven't TRULY spent Thanksgiving like I should.  Until this year.

This year, I am going to change my outlook and how I view Thanksgiving.  No matter the circumstances in life, whether they be good or bad, there is always, I mean ALWAYS something to be grateful for. So often, we are flooded everyday with some sort of negativity through the internet or television that it can be really hard to step back, find the positive, and find the GOOD in the world or in certain circumstances, but trust me, through all of the bad there is good.  Through all of the sad, there is good.  Through all of the stressful and trying times, there is good.  The fact that you are able to read this blog right now, that is good.  That alone is something to be grateful for! 

So as tomorrow's holiday nears, I challenge you this:  I challenge you to wake up, and think of everything in that moment or of that day, that you are grateful for.  I challenge you to give thanks to those who surround you and to those who are working on this holiday.  I challenge you to give back to your family, and to others.  I challenge you to ask yourself this question:  "What Does Thanksgiving Truly Mean To Me?". 

Until Next Time,

Have an amazing and wonderful Thanksgiving! 

-Rochelle 

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