Thanksgiving is just days away! Your kids probably have the week off from school. And this week is probably going to be full. Grocery shopping, menu planning, welcoming family or traveling to family, baking, cleaning, and on and on. In all the craziness, it is really easy to lose the euphoria we hope accompanies giving thanks! We challenge you to intentionality. (Do we sound like a broken record? Again with the “intentional” this and “intentional” that! We’re OK with that.) Being mindful and fully aware this week is crucial to the enjoyment and blessing that comes with giving thanks! It is not about having a perfectly clean home. It’s not about the turkey coming out like the Food Network version. It’s not about pies to make people swoon. Take your inner Martha Stewart and ban her until the dust of Thanksgiving has cleared.
It’s a week about….
the little things
In the spirit of being intentional here are some simple (itty-bitty-tiny) things you can do to keep the THANKS in your Thanksgiving. This week:
- Watch at least one sunrise
- Watch at least one sunset
- Send a letter or card of appreciation to someone
- Attend an extra worship service or Mass
- Go to Adoration
- Take a nap
- Take time out to have tea with a friend
- Call someone you haven’t spoken with in a while
- Watch a movie with your kids and laugh
- Take a walk
- Take a sacred pause
- When you feel the stress rising, take a moment to concentrate on your breathing
- Do an extra 15 minutes or so of restorative exercise (stretching, yoga, Pilates, etc.)
- Stand barefoot in the grass
- Tie one on… an apron that is
- Snuggle your spouse
- Gather up some canned goods and non-perishables to deliver to a food bank the day after Thanksgiving. They will be running on empty and will appreciate it so much.
And our number one most important suggestion… lay aside your expectations for yourself and for your family. Decide to love intentionally no matter what happens!