I spent Thanksgiving with my chosen family. It was a last minute gathering with friends we don’t get to see often, because the calendar stars aligned and why the heck not. I am so grateful for my friends and all the wonderful people in my life.
I have mixed feelings about the holiday as I’ve unlearned a lot of the colonial narrative I was taught about the Pilgrims and the Wampanoags. But any holiday that celebrates gratitude and family can’t be all bad.
Gratitude needs to be celebrated every day.
Gratitude is a super tonic for both personal mental health and relational health.
If we aren’t expressing our gratitude, we are leaving little holes in our life that can be filled with automation, distance and eventually resentment.
Resentment is a relationship killer. Don’t leave those little gaps for it to grow in.
Fill your holidays and your everydays with awareness, appreciation and gratitude.