Thanksgiving Ain’t Just a Holiday

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Alright, fam, gather ’round! We’re diving into a season that’s more than just turkey, pies, and touchdowns. Besides, some of us ain’t into all that holiday stuff anyway, for real for real. We’re talking about the essence of Thanksgiving, that time of the year when some come together and express gratitude. But let’s take a moment and really think: Beyond the feasts and festivities, how does Thanksgiving resonate in our relationships?

You see, Thanksgiving ain’t just a holiday; it’s a mindset. It’s a reminder to pause, reflect, and genuinely thank not just for the bounties on our tables but for the love and understanding we share with our partners, families, and friends.

Scripture paints a clear picture for us. In 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NLT), it says, “Be thankful all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” Gratitude, my friends, is a divine command. It’s that anchor that keeps relationships from drifting even when storms hit.

So, how do we weave this Thanksgiving spirit into our love lives?

1. Reflect and Appreciate: Take a moment with your partner to look back over the year. Celebrate the victories, and appreciate the strength you found during challenges.

2. Express Openly: Don’t wait for that ‘perfect moment’ to say ‘thank you’ or express appreciation. In the small gestures, words, or simple hugs, let gratitude flow.

3. Reconnect: Thanksgiving is a great time to reconnect. Amidst the holiday rush, steal those quiet moments, be it a walk, a shared coffee, or just sitting side by side, cherishing each other’s company.

4. Spread the Love: Extend that Thanksgiving table. Invite someone who might be alone, do acts of kindness together, and let the spirit of the season be about giving, sharing, and loving more broadly.

The brilliant Dr. Brené Brown, a guru in the world of relationships and vulnerability, once said, “I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness–it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude.” That’s it, right there! The extraordinary lies in the every day, and gratitude is the lens that brings it into focus.

 

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