Turkey cooking in the oven. Fresh pies, stuffing, cranberries. These words make my stomach growl as I write. I love all holidays, traditions, and one of my favorite is Thanksgiving. It’s a great time for reflection of all that is beautiful in life. If only we celebrated Thanksgiving every day, this would be a different world.
Hosting the traditional Thanksgiving this year, “Little House in the Prairie” style out on the farm, warms my heart beyond measure. The life I dreamed about my whole life came true. Being surrounded by family and friends is what I live for. Making all the fixings, saying our prayers of thanks, and creating lifetime memories, is something I do not take lightly.
In true reflection of what I’m thankful for this year, a thought hit me. Naturally, my family, friends, and all the good things in my life are at the top of my list. For they are the loves of my life. And though many of my dreams have come true, there are more that didn’t. Even I am not sparred from hardship. No one is. In a snap of a finger, a dream can slip through your fingertips. The real question is can you be thankful, even when things you love the most, are lost?
This message isn’t for the ones whose dreams have all come true. It is for anyone with great uncertainty in life. An illness, broken heart, anger at politics, loss of a loved one, financial struggles, or divorce. Fill in the rest, for all the challenges I didn’t mention. You get the picture. The list could go on and on.
When life is hard, and doesn’t make sense it can be most challenging during the holiday times to be thankful. Ba humbug is more likely the attitude we desire.
Looking back, there were times I was accused in my life, of being overly positive. No one can be that happy. She’s a fake.
“She’s just too happy.”
The reality is this. I’m no different than any of you. I have had many hard moments in life. This journey called life, is TOUGH. Finding myself at breaking moments, sobbing on the floor of my bedroom closet, is not uncommon. But what I have learned is the great secret to happiness.
There is one thing, I’m truly most thankful for. This thanksgiving I want to share it. It is no secret and most certainly not fake.
It’s called, FAITH.
The definition of faith is: COMPLETE TRUST.
-Confidence in someone or something.
-Strong belief in God, based on a spiritual grasp rather than proof.
Life will not always be a perfect Hallmark movie. Hollywood has it all wrong. Get over it. When your environment becomes toxic, it’s time to remove yourself and find thankfulness in all the good in your life. My encouragement to each and every one of you, is to find joy in the eye of the storm. Be grateful, thankful and worship even when you have no answers and life doesn’t make sense. Stop focusing on what you can’t change, and confidently trust in something bigger than yourself.
If you are waiting to be happy when everything is perfect, you will be chasing after happiness the rest of your life. And in the end, regret all the thankful times you missed, because you were to busy chasing.
This Thanksgiving, here are some helpful tips that are my favorites, to keep me healthy, in mind, body and spirit.
- Share what you are most thankful. Just do it. Even if life is in the dumps right now. Focus on 3 things that you are most grateful for. Make this old saying, a rule this holiday season. “If you have nothing nice to say, than don’t say it.”
- LAUGH. Smiling will re-energize you. Bitterness will suck the life from you. Look up a couple of jokes before your holiday event, a funny story, or watch a great uplifting movie.
- Thanksgiving bloat: Shaklee’s product EZ Gest is AMAZING. Your relatives will be so thankful to NOT hear your gas.
- Stop being selfish. If you are down in the dumps, stop focusing on YOU. Instead, BE SELFLESS. Go do something wonderful for someone else. BEST MEDICINE. You receive MORE JOY when you GIVE. Go GIVE unto someone else.
- Be kind to yourself. Don’t pack on the extra 5-10 pounds everyone does. What helps me is I have a Shaklee Smoothie every morning for breakfast. Even on the holidays. It helps curve my cravings and I don’t end up over eating.
May you all be told this holiday season, that you are overly positive, joyfully happy. Even in the eye of the storm. May none of you be bloated or gassy. And may you laugh contagiously through this holiday season.
I’m thankful for all of you.
Sarah Hein the Pioneer