I feel pressure right now to post the perfect quote about gratitude,
about saying thanks,
about ways we can make this Thanksgiving THE BEST THANKSGIVING EVER!
However, this makes me want to fall to the floor and never get up.
Our consumer-driven economic machine force feeds us images of the perfect holiday 24/7. Too many of us swallow this always-elusive idea hook, line and sinker.
Which makes me - tell me its not just me - unhappy with my average, exhausting, not-made-for-a-magazine-cover Thanksgiving.
This year, I am going for good enough.
Good enough preparation. Good enough side dishes. Good enough smiling and acting charming. Good enough wine selections. Good enough lying on the couch watching football with one eye closed.
Even good enough gratitude.
Instead of aiming for GRATITUDE and feeling bad if I don't quite get there, I am going small this year.
Thanks for these elastic waist pants.
Thanks for these crispy onions in a bag that I can drop right on top of some regular ol' canned green beans and gray mushroom soup and make everyone happy.
Thanks for my weird and wacky family.
Thanks for my pet sitter.
Thanks for the nice lady at the toll booth on I-90.
Thanks that my knees and back only hurt a little.
Thanks for Alka-Seltzer and Advil.
Thanks for this funny squirrel, that same old joke, the card game we always play, the very concept of a bagel, for tears and swears and political discussions that go sideways.
Thanks for this breath in my lungs.
And this breath.
And this one.
Thanks that, however my life is right now, I still get to live it.
Let's drop the gratitude bar down quite a few notches, friends.
I think we'll all be happier.
And that's something about which we can be truly grateful.
I'm going for good enough this year too. I've decided to do as much as my energy level will allow and not one spec more. I'm tired of being tired and worrying that the turkey won't turn out tasty and wonderful or the pies will be half-baked. I vow to be gracious and kind and let it roll. Thank you Alice for your posts and have a wonderful time this Thanksgiving.
Thank you Alice. Though always trying my best, I’ve subscribed to the “Don’t let perfect be the enemy of the good”. Jesus’ grace accepts what we bring.
Thank you for this!!
i'm just going for thankful for what i have and the people i am with. food is just food. give me a piece of bread and my family and i am good. don't get me wrong, if the other food is good, i'll eat it, but my family and my Lord is all i need. i don't need all of the other stuff. have a wonderful time with your family, alice!
This will be my mantra this Thanksgiving. Thanks for your wonderful words.