Happy November one and all!
People often post things on Facebook lamenting that there are those of us that skip right from Halloween to Christmas, overlooking Thanksgiving. This is especially true if you follow the posts on the radio stations’ pages that switch to an all Christmas music program. Every year there is a very heated debate from those of us that are pro starting the Christmas music early and those that want it to wait after Thanksgiving. Those that want the music to wait often talk about how this skips Thanksgiving.
Well, I am definitely pro starting the Christmas music early, as I listen to it pretty much year round, but I don’t skip the Thanksgiving season at all, in fact, like with the Christmas season, I tend to extend it year round.
Pretty much all year, I take daily walks with my two dogs. I am probably known around my area as the crazy dog lady. My dog walks aren’t just because I like to walk for exercise or to stay in shape (that’s what my gym visits and rounds of torture, er I mean Insanity, are for). No my dog walks are my time during the day to just be and let my thoughts run. It’s the one time during my day when I am truly in silence (the rest of the time, I have music going or the tv on- even when I sleep). I’m sure you are thinking, “Ok, that’s great, what does that have to do with the price of tea in China?” Stick with me here for a moment.
Every day that I walk my dogs, at some point during the walk, I am overcome with a sense of gratitude. I consider myself extremely lucky in so many ways. Yes, I have my struggles and my problems- we all do- but I get to experience moments of true peace and happiness on these walks either because of the company (my husband walks with me when he can and when he can’t my dogs are great company) or because of my surroundings. The fact that I actually can go out on a walk and see the sun shine through the autumn leaves and then smile as I crunch on through piles of leaves at the side of the road or smell the budding flowers in spring and the smell of wet pavement after a summer rainstorm leaves me feeling lucky. These walks are often where my hubs and I have our best conversations, or where I get inspired when I am out of inspiration.
These walks for me are all about taking the time out to appreciate the little things that are beautiful and surround us all. In our world of hectic schedules, we often forget fully appreciate things around us or are too quick to pass off a rainy day and traffic jams as inconveniences instead of seeing them as opportunities to jump in puddles or take some time to perfect your inner car diva rockstar and be thankful for them.
I’m often asked about why I love the holidays so much. Yes, they are shiny, sparkly, and good-smelling, but the real reason why I love them is because this season of thanksgiving and goodwill serves as a reminder to count our blessings and share them with others, even if all you are doing to spread goodwill is smiling and being nice to the cashier at the grocery store. That’s why I listen to the music year round, because it reminds me that there is one time of year when this stuff matters to more people.
However, no matter which side of the Christmas music debate you are on and what your feelings on the holidays are, take the time to this November to see what’s around you and find the beauty in it. You will find that you have much to be grateful for, and that just may just give you that extra bit of compassion and goodwill to others to last you the whole year.
I have started taking daily photos of things that I am thankful for and sharing them to instagram (@SensationallySeasonal #dailydoseofgratitude). Once I started, I saw how much there is in my life to be thankful for, from my dog walks to a husband that picks out all of the red Sour Patch Kids so I don’t have to eat them. I challenge you all to do this exercise during November and to see how much in your life you have to be grateful for. It’s overwhelming. Feel free to share any ideas or daily doses of gratitude with me below or on my Facebook or Instagram page
That said, Happy Thanksgiving and in turn, Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays to all.
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