As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, I’m thinking about leftovers. You may wonder why I have leftovers on my mind, days before the traditional holiday meal is served. Well, I’m’ not thinking about the leftovers we generally have after a tasty meal.
I’m thinking about the leftovers that often go unseen until the unexpected occurrences in life force us to readjust our focus.
What would happen if we simply decided to be Grateful for what we have left?
You know…. The leftovers
Grateful for family and friends, whether you can spend time with them or not
Some people are alone, and it is not by choice
Grateful that you can enjoy a holiday meal
Some people will not have a meal today, holiday or otherwise
Grateful for technology, so you can connect with your loved ones
What was once a distraction, has now become a meaningful connection tool
Grateful for the job you still have
Many people remain unemployed and many businesses are still closed
Grateful for the income you have, even if you are not working right now
Unemployment benefits have expired for so many
Grateful that you have an opportunity to see this day
Unfortunately, many will not
Grateful for the gift of your 5 senses
As others are still hoping to regain their sense of smell and taste
Grateful that you can hold your loved ones a little tighter
Because some people cannot
Grateful for the healthcare workers who keep showing up when it’s hard
Their families miss them too
Grateful for the food banks and other food providers that feed our communities
Because food insecurity is real
Grateful that you can take an effortless breath in and out
While so many still struggle
Give More. Serve More. Love More. Forgive More.
On Thanksgiving day and every day,