Lets Talk About It - From NYC w/Dana J.
Around the holidays season most people tend to ponder many things. They think about life, friends, and family. It is known to be a joyous part of the season and entire year for most. Thanksgiving is around the corner and it is not about all the traditions, but rather spending time with family and friends and being thankful for what we do have not what we don't. There will always be something in our lives that is not up to par or stressful.
We sometimes here what do I have to be happy about. The holidays are nothing but stress, and for some they very well might be. This is because people forget what they are supposed to be about. I feel that over the years things have become somewhat skewed. People forget the meaning behind it. It is not about the size or price of a gift. The gift is who we are looking at and who we have to be grateful for in our lives. Laugh, cry, tell stores, drink eggnog, roast chestnuts, stand on your head, dance, sing out loud, go outside and play in the snow (if it is snowing of course :), go see a show, go buy a tree, decorate the house, but enjoy each other and the company. That is the meaning of the holidays. Some people are alone or feel alone. It is not a time to be thinking about the wrong things.
It is a time to count our blessings. No matter what situation we might be in, there is always something to be grateful and thankful for. It is a time to celebrate our faith and appreciate what God has given us. Sometimes we are blind to what is right in front of us. We lose track of living. A friend once said to me I can't help you or support you if you don't want to help or support yourself. You have to want to see the world in a different way to see change in yourself.
Today I am grateful for my new and old friends. I am thankful for those I have in my life that truly care, love me, and make a difference. The ones who are there for me when times are rough and the good times. The ones who never leave me if I make a mistake or screw up. The ones who put up with me when I can be difficult. The ones God brought into my life when I needed it the most and made them part of my life. I am thankful to be alive and have a roof over my head, food on the table, clothes on my back, and to be working. You know how many people can not say that in today's society? Just turn on the news or go on the Internet.
Like I said there is always something be thankful for. How about your sight, your hearing, or the ability to walk. Simple things we take for granted everyday that could be taken away at any given moment. Just stop and think about that for a second before you complain. Life is hard. I get it and know all too well, but you have to see beyond that sometimes and stand strong and firm. Keep both feet planted. The holidays can be a hard time to do that if one is struggling or in need. If we can do something to change that than do it. We should live by that mantra everyday.
You don't have to look deep trust me. Some things are right on the surface. Remember whatever turmoil you might be weathering, you will get through it all in good time. The holidays can be the best time for healing. Surround yourself by loved ones. If they can't be with you or live far away, than pick up the phone and chat for a bit.
Celebrate YOUR life! What are you thankful for? Just take one moment, and I bet you can think of much more than you ever thought or realized was there.