I wish the UK would take it's head out of it's ass and celebrate a day like this.
There's always someone who says " Oh it's an american holiday...!"
My reply is always a sarcastic 'So...!'
I try to convince my family to celebrate this day with me but I get laughed at.
I mean, why shouldn't people get together from anywhere and be purposely thankful for the things that make their world a better place. What's wrong with that?
I know a lot of people who need a good sit down and reflect on their core values and appreciate the small things in life instead of using and taking people for granted. Those things get overlooked because of nothing less than ego!
But look, Your not allowed to assert influences onto someone though are you; They would scoff at you no matter how effective you know the small observations would be to benefit their lives.
I opened a new Pocket Journal today, I bought it because it had an amazing deal on it and of course it would fit into my bag. Half the book was designed to improve and attain your personal goals and the other half - the usual - Diary's and tools etc.
I flicked through the first 'reams' of the 'about you' section. (It is very thorough, it even want's to know how you plan to improve your finances with a 3 month window! Even a bank robber needs more time than that I thought!)
It brought me to the 'Your Affirmations' section. With only a small window of space to select maybe one or two meaningful guidelines for my future. It got me thinking about a recent debate I had with my 16yr old daughter the other day.
I was tired and drugged up on some pretty strong meds and in no mood for teenage opinions and soon went to bed. I sat and replayed the discussions we had in my head and quickly realized 'damn she's right'. We were both right, the difference is I don't give her enough chances to confirm her claims. I was humbled and felt blessed that my little hell raiser has the capacity to show me things I need to learn about myself.
My daughter has showed me how much I need her intellect everyday to get by. In some ways she's more 'there' than her older brothers, one of which is almost twice her age. I never thought I'd ever feel like this.
This, after 28yrs of parenting is new to me, I thought I'd seen it all. I came down the following day and gave her a big hug and told her over and over how much I loved her and how proud I am of her. She showed me how as much as she needs me - I need her more - even more so now. I can grow as a person with her - not just as a Mom, and for that I am truly thankful for everything about her.
So, this is my new affirmation and what I am blessed with I look at my youngest daughter.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone