“Give thanks for a little, and you will find a lot.” - Hausa Proverb
It's called the most wonderful time of the year for a reason. It's a time to spread love, joy, cheer, kindness. Its a time to be thankful for family and friends who stick with you through thick and thin. It's a time to enjoy parties and gatherings, meet new people, be merry, and eat good food. It's a time to admire all the beautiful decorations in your town, city, and neighborhood. Everything seems dazzling and sparkling. The malls are decked with trees and holly. City sidewalks are lit with strings of sparkling lights. Holiday music puts a grin on your face because you know everyone is experiencing the same magic together.
Let's not forget the reason why we celebrate the holidays. Essentially, it's to pause and give thanks for all the blessings you have received this year. Life is busy and most days we don't take a pause and reflect on the successes, the love, kindness, and wonder of life. From the moment fall starts and the chill in the air warrants a sweater, hugs become more meaningful. Warm cups of coffee or hot chocolate become a quiet moment to pause. The smell of a fire burning brings a sense of joy. The holiday seasons allows us the chance to appreciate the small things in life. But in reality, they are not so small after all!
So this holiday season, show thanks to your family. No matter if you live thousands of miles away or are living with them, spend some time with your parents, siblings, aunts, everyone. Catch up on the phone or schedule a video call. Remember your friends who have been there for you. Have fun with your friends and let them know you appreciate their friendship. Go out, eat good food, and enjoy the moment.
Happy holidays to one and all!