Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you and you had a Happy Thanksgiving. I had a great time with family. It’s always fun to get together, play cards, and walk down memory lane with everyone. It was a lot of fun and there was lots of laughter.
However, not everyone has that happy family to spend Thanksgiving with. Some people come from horribly toxic homes where there are no happy memories. If you have a friend that’s in this type of situation please include them in your circle so they’re not home by themselves for the holidays, drowning in memories they’d rather forget.
It’s one thing we can do for our friends who have to deal with tragic memories. Some of those friends may be self-medicating. Losing themselves in alcohol or drugs or over-eating. Some of our friends might be struggling with an addiction, trying to break the cycle and the holidays can derail that healing process.
Couple that with the stress of the pandemic and many people are going to fall off the wagon or take a few steps back in their healing journey. Let’s give them some grace. This is a difficult time, and many people are struggling. Let’s keep our judgements and pity to ourselves and be there for those friends in need.
It’s what the holiday season is all about, right?
It’s also the season of Gratitude. I am so thankful for my family and friends. I’m thankful they’re healthy and happy. I’m thankful their struggles are few. I’m also thankful for my internet friends. The ones I haven’t met in real life, but who are there for me online. The ones I can chat with in my writing journey.
I’m also thankful for the writing community. I’ve never worked in a community where there was so much support and encouragement. So, there you have it. My wishes and gratitude for the holiday season. What are your wishes? What are you grateful for? Leave a comment. I’d love to hear from you!
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We have our Thanksgiving in October, but as always, I’m grateful for my wonderful family:-)
I love this post!
Yes, it’s so important to remember to invite people to holiday celebrations if you know they’ll be alone that day and have nowhere else to go. My family often did that when I was a kid growing up.
It’s such a easy thing to do, but it makes a huge difference in those folks’ lives. And I think Thanksgiving (and Christmas, and other holidays, too) are more fun with larger groups of people.
I mean, why wouldn’t I want someone else around who might want to sing, or play board games/ do jigsaw puzzles, or tell stories, or go for a nice outdoor walk before or after the big meal? The more the merrier, I say. 🙂
This year my spouse and I will be celebrating Christmas alone due to rising Covid-19 numbers and him being in a couple of higher-risk groups that means we need to be cautious….but I dream of the big, jolly holidays dinners we’ll hopefully have in the future.
I hear you, Lydia. I hope you and your hubby have a Merry Christmas. Covid sure has put a damper on the holidays that’s for sure. Hopefully, it will all be over soon. Thanks, for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. It sounds like you came from an awesome family. I think it’s amazing that you would invite people over who were going to be alone for the holidays. I love that tradition. ❤
I’m grateful for people like you in my virtual life, Lisa. So happy we met online. The Universe works in mysterious ways, my friend! Wishing you a safe and happy holiday season! Now lets sell some books! Ho, ho, ho!
Awww…thanks, Sharon. I am also grateful for you. Thank you for letting me bend your ear regarding our books and being author support when I had questions. You are awesome. I hope you sell many books this year. I think 2022 is going to be our year. 🙂
I believe you’re correct 😊 Hugs!