Thanksgiving for most of us means turkey dinner with loved ones, usually packed into somebody’s house with make-shift dining tables, fold out chairs, and paper plates adorned with leaves and Fall colours. Some people still follow the age-old tradition of going around the table to say what they are thankful for. I am sure I can speak for many people when I say that this, at first, feels awkward, but then you realize in that moment how much there truly is to be grateful for. It is easy in this day and age to become consumed with life’s stresses. Money, work, kids, love, and trying to maintain some level of fun can be a lot to juggle. That is why I think this holiday is so particularly important. It is a time for all of us to stop and take a moment to reflect on everything in that same hectic life that also brings joy. Money may be tight, but there is a roof over your head. Work can be stressful, but a job brings security. Kids are busy, but they still have this innocence that we should never stop appreciating. And love, well….it isn’t always perfect nor easy, but to have it in any form is pretty incredible. Thanksgiving should absolutely be about eating turkey until you have to undo the top button of your pants and indulging in pumpkin pie hidden beneath a layer of whipping cream, but also a time to marvel at this life we all are blessed to have. It is okay to be human and to feel everything we need to, but on this holiday, let us all be thankful. Enjoy the little things. Take a moment this weekend to breathe in a crisp Fall morning’s air, to stop and get yourself that Pumpkin Spice Latte, and to smile at a stranger. Of course, don’t forget to enjoy all the fun things that Thanksgiving brings. Use acorns and maple leaves to decorate everything, light candles that smell like baking all through your house, bust out those scarves and warm socks you’ve been hiding away all Summer, and most importantly, find the beauty in this weekend.
From our BME family to yours, thank you! xoxo
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