And although it likely feels much different than last year, there's always something to be grateful for.
There's a beautiful quote I read by Lao Tzu
If you are depressed, you are living in the past
If you are anxious, you are living in the future
If you are at peace, you are living in the present
It's easy to be pulled into how things used to be, and what our future is going to look like. So many unknowns.
For the past 20 years our family has celebrated Thanksgiving in Ellicottville, New York. It's such a wonderful time getting together with friends and family that we only see one or two times a year. Our kids absolutely love it and this year they're feeling sad that we can't go. This is totally understandable and maybe you have a similar celebration that's just not possible this year.
But what's possible if you look instead of what's right in front of you, what IS happening and how you can make the most of the circumstances.
1. What new experiences can you have this year?
2. What new places can you explore?
3. Who can you celebrate with?
4. Is there a new tradition you can start?
Take in this present moment. Take in what's working, what's good, what you're grateful for right now- even if it's as small as having the ability to sit here and read this article and take your next sip of breath, in and out.
My hope is that you can find peace in the present moment, even if it's just for a little while.
Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours-- no matter what it looks like this year.
Laura and Chris